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DHR 1 to 1 driver training days

DHR 1 to 1 driver training days

Ahead of the start of the 2016 racing season leading race team and multiple British and European champions DHR are offering 1 to 1 driver training days at Whilton Mill for drivers of all ages and classes.

Based from our large modern workshop at Whilton Mill circuit the team can offer a tailored day for your driver. With a dedicated and experienced team manager overseeing your day with full data and camera analysis we are sure your driver will benefit and improve in many areas of driving. So if you are looking for a head start on the competition this year give DHR a call to book your training day.

Special January Offer @ £150 per day using your own kit or £325 for use of a DHR arrive and drive kart (X30 or Rotax karts). Contact us now to reserve your date. Tel: Dan 07960 047810 or Email: dan@danhollandracing.co.uk

On 05/01/2016

DHR X30 Instant Success!

DHR X30 Instant Success!

Marsh immediately to the forefront!

DHR the UK Alonso kart distributor made its Iame X30 debut at the PF Winter Series round 1 last weekend with instant success. DHR’s Rotax British Super 1 champion Sam Marsh tested the Iame X30 package for the first time at the event and immediately found the X30 engine and tyre combination to his liking. Powered once more by Ogden engines DHR and Marsh wasted no time to show their intentions and qualified P2 overall out of some 64 drivers missing out by just 2 hundredths, but having set 3 fast laps all the same, they knew the race pace was good. Indeed it was and in the dry pre final Marsh just missed out on victory finishing a very close 2nd. The rain finally fell and led to a wet tyre final on a drying track. Having not tested on the X30 Komet wet tyres before Marsh was unsure of the grip levels in the early laps, once he settled in to a good rhythm mid race he was able to bring home the DHR Alonso kart in an outstanding 2nd place.

Meanwhile Luke Ide in Junior Rotax has been in excellent form and took a very strong 2nd place at Whilton Mill club race a couple of weeks back missing out on the win by a matter of inches setting fastest lap along the way. He backed this up with an outstanding drive in the wet conditions at PF with another 2nd place spot again just missing victory against a top quality grid of drivers.

DHR would like to thank Ogden engines for the excellent equipment and assistance with the X30 package. DHR are inviting both Junior and Senior drivers to come and test the Iame X30 with them with opportunities in the team for drives in LGM, Super 1 and for those interested international races along with all the usual club races. X30 interest has already been intense and the team have limited spaces available for next season. So if you want to race with a successful leading team with a professional image and approach and winners of 3 Super 1 championships in the last 4 years then please get in touch as you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our packages available. For more information please contact Dan on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk

On 17/12/2015

DHR Record of Achievement

2015 Senior Rotax British Champion
2015 Junior Rotax Winter Cup Champion
2015 MiniMax Vice British Grand Prix Champion
2014 Junior Rotax Vice World Champion
2014 Junior Rotax British Grand Prix Champion
2014 Junior Rotax British Open Champion
2014 Junior Rotax UAE RMC Champion
2014 Mini Max Britsh Open Champion
2013 DD2 Vice European Champion
2013 DD2 Vice Winter Cup Champion
2013 DD2 Vice BNL Champion
2013 Senior Rotax British Champion
2013 Senior Rotax BNL Champion
2013 Junior Rotax International Open Champion
2012 Senior Rotax European Champion
2012 Senior Rotax Britsh Champion
2012 Senior Rotax British Open Champion
2012 177 Rotax Vice British Champion
2012 MiniMax Vice British Grand Prix Champion
2011 Senior Rotax Vice British Champion
2011 Senior Rotax Vice Winter Cup Champion
2011 177 Rotax Vice British Grand Prix Champion
2010 177 Rotax Vice British Grand Prix Champion
2010 Senior Rotax Vice Winter Cup Champion
2010 Junior Rotax Vice Winter Cup Champion
2010 Junior Rotax British Grand Prix Champion

On 17/12/2015

Super 1 Champions Again!

Super 1 Champions Again!

So for an amazing 3rd time in 4 years DHR have won the Super 1 British Rotax championship! Sam Marsh has drove an amazing consistent year picking up a number of victories and podiums throughout the campaign gifting him the Super 1 title with a round to spare! A dominating performance for the DHR man!

On 17/12/2015

Gamble Wins 2015 Winter Cup!

Gamble Wins 2015 Winter Cup!

DHR driver Tom Gamble made a European debut to remember after successfully wining the 2015 Euro challenge Rotax Winter Cup at the circuit of Campillos. Taking victory DHR team member Tom Canning backed this great weekend with a 3rd position in the final marking his Euro debut with a podium also!

On 17/12/2015

Wooder's Dominant 2014

DHR Junior Max driver Dave Wooder all but dominated UK racing in 2014. Dave and DHR earned the British Open championship, British short circuit Kartmasters GP title, vice British Super 1 champion. Dave then went onto to produce a stunning performance at the Rotax World finals narrowly missing out on the win and settling for 2nd becoming the Vice Rotax grand finals champion! What a year for Dave and DHR!

On 17/12/2015

DHR's 2013 Silverware!

DHR's 2013 Silverware!

2013 proved yet another very successful year for DHR. With many race wins across the UK, Europe and International Rotax racing. Successes include:

Florida Winter Tour- Rd 1 Jnr Max Winners
Florida Winter Tour Tag- Jnr Max Overall Winners
Rotax Winter Cup- DD2 Vice Champions
British Grand Prix- Snr Max Vice Champions
British Super 1 Series- Snr Max Overall Champions
BNL Series- Snr Max Overall Champions
BNL Series- DD2 Vice Champions
Euro Max Series- Snr Max 3rd Overall
Euro Max Series- DD2 Vice Champions
Rotax International Open- Jnr Max Overall Champions

Plus many many club race victories, heat wins, pole positions and fastest laps! congratulations to all the DHR drivers on making 2013 such a great year and looking forward to an even better 2014!

On 06/01/2014

Interntaional Open Champions with Wooder!

Interntaional Open Champions with Wooder!

The Rotax International Open contested at the famous Spanish circuit of Zuera has become the European season’s last major race. With a quality international field of drivers attracted by last chance Rotax World final tickets the race carries big prizes for the winners.

With some strong driver additions to the team in Junior Rotax it was DHR’s Estonian driver Ralf Aron who led most of the grand final. With the usual last couple of frantic laps it was DHR regular Dave Wooder who crossed the line victorious. Wooder who was fastest throughout made his move at the perfect moment to claim victory. Aron was out dragged to the line and just missed out on a much deserved podium on his team debut. DHR’s other new recruit Lars Lamborelle of the Netherlands also featured in the top few places but fell to 7th at the flag after some minor electrical issues.

In Senior Rotax DHR’s latest signing former KF2 British and European champion Jordan Chamberlain was looking good having led and controlled the pre final from mid distance to the last lap until a last corner manoeuvre took him out of contention. Although the offending driver was penalised for the over ambitious manoeuvre it didn’t change the result.

So Wooder takes his much deserved World Finals ticket, with Aron and Lamborelle already qualified also joined by Pasqual Pook of the UAE and Julian Van Der Watt of South Africa. In senior the team have Pierce Lehane of Australia, Philip Morin of Sweden and South African Nathan Parkins. DHR’s DD2 efforts are represented by the British duo of Sean Babington and Barrie Pullinger which complete the strong line-up for the Rotax Grand finals in New Orleans next weekend.

On 05/11/2013

DHR Wooders dominate PF Club race

DHR Wooders dominate PF Club race

Dave Wooder was able to keep out of trouble during the PF club race in October and showed his development by taking a lights to flag victory in the final amongst a classy field of drivers.
Younger brother Luke Wooder also showed his progress with a great showing just missing out on victory on the final lap but still taking an excellent 2nd position!
The team now move onto the final big race of the year which is the Rotax International open at Zuera in Spain. With world final tickets up for grabs the race will be hotly contested.

On 05/11/2013

British Super 1 Champions!!!

British Super 1 Champions!!!

DHR retained the Senior Rotax British championship with driver Sean Babington becoming the first driver to retain this Super 1 series title. Babington drove a cleaver meeting all weekend and was on pole for the pre final, after finishing a strong and safe 4th Babington once more led the main final until settling for 3rd position as the leading trio pulled clear of the rest of the field. Babington was able to celebrate crossing the line knowing he was British Champion again!
In junior max Dave Wooder and Phillip Rawson once again showed the top speed but both drivers continued their story of the year by getting involved in incidents in both finals. Rawson ends the series in 10th spot with Wooder just outside the top 10. Wooder who continues with the team in 2014 will for sure be aiming high as he grows and learns from this tough 1st season in Juniors.
In mini max Luke Wooder commanded the meeting, qualifying pole in timed practice by over 2ths he then led heat 1 until the last lap last corner he was taken out and not being able to finish. He made up for this with victory in heat 2. Wooder made progress in the final 1 to take 4th at the flag and put himself in contention for the final 2. However whilst leading the main final he was shuffled back and then hit wide from behind and was only able to recover to 10th place. Wooder seems to have ended his year on a high at least despite not achieving the win his driving and pace deserved. Wooder managed to earn 10th place in the championship and takes that plate into the 2014 season.

On 05/11/2013

Euro Max Vice Champions in DD2 & Podium in Senior Rotax

Euro Max Vice Champions in DD2 & Podium in Senior Rotax

Reigning European champions DHR went into the final round in contention for the Senior Rotax and DD2 titles. The Salbris host of the 4th and final round didn't go 100% the way of DHR but the team and drivers tried their best.
In DD2 Pullinger fresh off his win at the BNL final round continued his fine form and stormed to pole position for the pre final after very strong heats. Pullinger despite running 2nd for most of the pre final slipped back on the final couple of laps still claiming 5th. In the main final after a difficult start Pullinger was unable to make the head way his speed deserved and instead pushed round following teammate Babington home in 4th and 5th place.
Babington had injuries to overcome and was doubtful even to race after qualifying he returned to get a special rib protector made from the UK. Despite still struggling with pain he continued and produced a great 2nd place in the pre final. However the final was not to be as planned. After a good start Babington ran 2nd place which would have been enough to take the title, until his seat supports broke from the chassis caused by the big curbs at the French Salbris circuit. Babington dropped to 4th position by the flag but lost the title by just 1 point!
The team are proud of their drivers for their 1st season in the DD2 class they finished 2nd and 6th in the championship overall and look to go even better in 2014.
In Senior Rotax Pierce Lehane showed his speed once more with a good qualifying 2nd place. After strong heats the duo of Morin and Lehane ran 3rd and 4th in the pre final until Lehane was cruelly taken off by a competitor who later got excluded for his actions. Morin went onto finish 2nd in the pre final still keeping his title hopes alive.
The main final was difficult start for Morin and the leaders raced away, Morin was left to battle over the final podium step also knowing a good finish would secure him the 3rd place in the series. So without too much risk Morin finished 4th and was rewarded with standing on the podium for the championship presentation. The best result by a Swedish driver in the Euro Series in such a competitive category Morin can be proud.

On 05/11/2013

BNL Snr Max Champions and DD2 Vice Champions!!!

BNL Snr Max Champions and DD2 Vice Champions!!!

DHR achieve BNL Champions in Senior Rotax and Vice Champions in DD2! Philip Morin completed an excellent round 3 of the BNL series to take overall victory in the BNL series in the hotly contest Senior Rotax class. Morin beat his nearest rival both days to further extended his championship standing and take a much deserved international title. With this title comes the big price of the World Finals Ticket invite which is held at the Nola track in new Orleans USA mid November.
In DD2 Barrie Pullinger was aiming high but going into the final round in 4th place in the standings his chances of victory or even 2nd position were slim. Yet Pullinger and the team delivered when they had to and a string of 2nd place finishes capped off with a fine victory in the last final of the weekend left Pullinger with enough points to claim the runners up spot and he was the new vice champion. Pullinger also claimed his World Finals invite which is his first time at the prestigious event.
A great effort by the drivers and the team can be proud with just 2 drivers both achieving high results at this very competitive series.

On 05/11/2013

Babington just misses out on GP title

Babington just misses out on GP title

DHR senior rotax driver Sean Babington is a previous winner of the GP title back in 2010 in junior Rotax he won the prestigious plate with DHR. However since then a string of 2nd places seems to be the trend. Despite being clearly the fastest around the fantastic PF circuit Babington was unable to take the victory. Twice he recovered from incidents in the final to take the lead but was not able to recover a 3rd time with laps running out he closed on the leader needing just 1 more lap to mount a final challenge.
In Junior Max Philip Rawson qualified pole and took 2 heat wins. Yet he was unable to manage his tyres as well as others and come the grand final he had no grip left from the Mojo tyres. He did a great effort to still claim 4th place just missing out on the podium places. Dave Wooder has been fast also but got involved in incidents and finished well down the order in the grand final.
In Mini max Luke Wooder had great speed yet he was also unable to deliver the result his pace deserved also caught yup in track accidents not through his own fault.
The team now concentrate their efforts on the final round of the BNL championship where Philip Morin and Barrie Pullinger have chances to claim top positions in Snr Max and DD2 respectively.

On 05/11/2013

Larkhall Super 1- Good points earned

Larkhall Super 1- Good points earned

A big crash at the start of the senior rotax final 1 shook up the field and removed DHR drivers Babington and Morin from their front starting positions. Neither really recovered, however in final 2 Babington was able to climb up the order despite another 1st lap incident he made progress and after penalties for other drivers were issued was classified in 3rd position. Morin again was involved in accidents and eventually retired.
In junior max Dave Wooder had a strong meeting and ran 3rd in the main final with 2 laps to go he made a small error and dropped to 6th. Gary Donnelly made his best race and ended with a fine 9th place finish showing his imporvemnt over the season so far. rawson was excluded in final 1 from 8th place so did well to climb to 10th in final 2.
In mini max conditions were tough for the finals with a wet and damp circuit. Unfortunately an incident packed race led to both Zak Fulk and Luke Wooder crashing out of contention for the top positions. They and the team look ahead to the British Kart Masters at PFI.

On 05/11/2013

DD2 1-2 at PF Euro MAX!!!

DD2 1-2 at PF Euro MAX!!!

Some would say the DHR team dominated the PFI round 3 of Euro Max. In Senior Rotax team drivers Philip Morin and Pierce Lehane qualified 1-2 in timed practice. After strong heats all DHR drivers were racing at the front of the main final. Morin who led many laps in the final was pushed wide by a competitor and lost ground, he eventually finished 4th. Connor Jupp who was finished last in the pre final had an amazing drive through the field to take a podium place in the main final! Pierce Lehane battled hard and recovered to 6th at the flag.
In Junior Max drivers Philip rawson and Dave Wooder were on top form. both The pair qualified 3rd and 5th overall and then after strong heats lined up 2nd and 4th. After a frantic pre final Rawson claimed the win with Wooder coming home in 4th. The main final was even more action packed and Rawson once again come out ontop to take his first Euro max victory! A fine drive, Wooder did lead onto the final lap but incidents forced him down the order eventually crossing the line 5th. However both drivers were called by the stewards and both received penalties which resulted in the victory being given to the next finisher. A huge disappointment but still Rawson crossed the line 1st.
The DD2 boys of Sean Babington and Barrie Pullinger had shown strong pace. Babington had been struggling with his brakes during the heats. During an eventful pre final both drivers led at some point but both drivers found themselves on the grass on different occasions due to some contact driving from competitors. Pullinger did claim 4th with Babington recovering to 7th. They saved the best to the main final, race engines on the duo stormed though the first few laps and soon found themselves in 1st and 2nd position with Babington heading Pullinger. Babington stretched his legs and took victory by over 6 seconds as Pullinger produced his best Euro Max result with a stunning 2nd place finish. The DD2 field considered the strongest and most competitive on the grid the drivers can be proud of their results.

On 05/11/2013

Victory & Podiums for DHR @ PF S1

Victory & Podiums for DHR @ PF S1

PF was the venue for round 4 of the Super 1 series. In senior Rotax the team enjoyed an excellent meeting, Sean Babington claimed an important win in the main final with team mate Connor Jupp also taking the 3rd step of the podium to make a great day for DHR. Philip Morin has also been running well but a 1st lap crash led to retirement from the main final.
In junior max team duo of Rawson and Wooder had qualified 3rd and 4th but incidents left them mid order in the main final in 9th and 11th. Still gathering good points for the championship standings.
In mini max Luke Wooder was cruelly taken off whilst running 3rd in final 1. He made an excellent effort in final 2 climbing to 12th. Zak Fulk featured strongly and he posted fastest lap in final 1 and picked up a pair of 8th place finishes. The team now look ahead to the Euro Max round 3 also to be held at the UK PFI circuit.

On 05/11/2013

Babington runner up at GYG S1

Babington runner up at GYG S1

GYG super 1 was to be a mixed meeting for the DHR team. Sean Babington got his Super 1 campaign back on track with a fine 2nd place in the main final. Victory on this occasion not possible due to the heavy defending from the race leader and the nature of the tight circuit. Philip Morin had featured at the front but a last lap incident left him in 10th. New recruit Jordan Irvine produced his best result with a solid 8th place.
In Jnr Philip Rawson continued his usual slow start with a super strong ending to the meeting. Climbing through the field to get 5th place finish. Dave Wooder had a 1st lap incident but also salvaged 11th by the flag for some decent points.
In Mini max Zak Fulk has been very fast throughout the weekend and despite running as high as 3rd in the finals ended 10th after a battling race. Luke Wooder finished 13th.

On 05/11/2013

Castelleto Euro Max strong for DHR

Castelleto Euro Max strong for DHR

The DHR drivers qualfied extremely well among some 80 drivers in the senior rotax category at Castelletto Italy for the 2nd round of Euro Max. Topping group 1 of qualfying was Jack Weprin, Philip Morin was second in group 2 and Pierce Lehane topped group 3 with teamate Eugene Dennysen 3rd also. Overall this put the drivers 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 8th out of 80!
Heats were wet and Philip Morin rose best to the occasion claiming all heat wins and secruing pole postion for the pre final. Lehane did well also and was grided 9th with Denneysen and Weinzierl and Jupp all making the final. The battle at vthe front was aggresive and Morin led most laps but was pipped at the end and come home in 4th. Lehane looked fastest on track but a series of nearly crashes meant he could only get 6th. In the main final both drivers raced well but the battling from other competitors broke up the leading pack and depsite being faster than the winner Morin and Lehane settled for 6th and 7th. Morin now moves into 3rd in the championship.
In Junior Max Wooder had good heats depsite a crash in heat 1 he recovered well to 10th and backed this up with a 4th and 2nd in the other wet heats. For the dry pre final Wooders race was almost over by the first corner when he was driven over from behind. After re starting he battkled through setting a faster time than the race winner! The main final didnt even allow him to get past the first turn with a ultiple kart pile up Wooder was at the bottom of 5 karts and with terminal damage his weekend was over.
In DD2 Babington qualified 3rd and after strong heats lined up 3rd on the grid for the pre final. After a race long battle he finished 5th. In the main final he was unable to better his re final performnace just lacking 1th each lap to challenge for the podium. He hopes for better next time out. Barrie Pullinger endured a tough weekends racing after being very fast in the testing Pullinger lost pace in qualfying which seemed to be down to a bad set of tyres. The pre final also was diffcult for Barrie but when he was abl to put new tyres on for the main final his pace improved and he climbed up to 13th. Pullinger is now 9th in the series with Babington 4th.

On 29/05/2013

BNL Ostricourt Double Wins

BNL Ostricourt Double Wins

Philip Morin dominated the BNL weekend at Ostricourt, qaulfying pole day 1 by 4ths and day 2 by 2ths! Day 1 he won both heats and won the final convincingly. Day 2 he also won both heats but Morin was suffering tyre problems on the highly addrasive track. In the final Morin lead all but the last 3 laps where his tyres had finally given up on him and he settled for 3rd mindfull of the championship.
DD2 driver Barrie Pullinger drove well all weekend and quafied well both days. During day 1 Pullinger took a win and a 3rd in the finals and on day 2 he took a 4th and 5th. Btoh drivers sit well in the championships and it will go down to the wire at the final weekend of the BNL at Genk in August.

On 29/05/2013

Super 1 Rowrah Mixed for DHR

Super 1 Rowrah Mixed for DHR

Rowrah Super 1 was a very mixed meeting for DHR similar to the cumbrian weather yet again!
In Senior Rotax Babington was unfortunately on the wrong end of some first corner crashes and failed to make inroads in both finals. Connor Jupp however impressed again after winning the repercharge he then went onto drive thoguh to 9th in final 1 and then to 4th in finao 2 challenging for the win at one point.
A cracked chassis seemed to cause him to settle for the point on this occasion. Jordan Irvine also qualfied via the repercharge and made decent progress in both finals despite many first conrer incidents.
In Junior Rotax Dave Wooder had set the fastest dry time in the heats of anybody and whilst running in the leading pack of Final 2 he was simply in the wrond place at the wrong time and was taken out in someone else crash. Philip Rawson drive well to take a good 5th place and more points for the championship. If Rawson gets a good qualfying in at the next round he is sure to be challenging for podiums.
In Mini Max Luke Wooder had his series best result with a 7th in Final 2, yet Zak Fulk had looked like he could have gone even better after an excellent drive in Final 1 his kart failed him on the formation lap of Fianl 2, a broken starter switch the cause on this occaision.

On 29/05/2013

BNL Genk Winners

BNL Genk Winners

Senior Rotax driver Philip Morin was DHR's sole entrant in the class. Depsite this he went onto claim victory in Day 2 of the event. Day 1 was not as planned and whilst racing at the front of the main final Philip was involved in an incident dropping him to 13th. On day 2 Morin upped his game and drove an excellent final to win and take a joint lead in the championship on dropped scores.
In DD2 Pullinger had a great weekend, with a string of top positions in the finals including qualfying pole in timed practice on day 2 he ended the weekend 4th in the points and it could have easily been higher. The BNL round 2 is at the french circuit of Ostricourt early May.

On 29/05/2013

DHR Winners at Super 1 Wigan

DHR Winners at Super 1 Wigan

DHR started the Super 1 campaign off to a perefct start in Senior Rotax with Sean Babington dominating the meeting. Babington claimed pole and then went onto win both finals taking a big haul of points. Connor Jup impressed on his S1 snr max debut and after a tough qualfying and heats made his way up to 6th in final 2 lapping 2nd fastest on the track!
In Jnr Max Dave Wooder was unable to convert his testing speed into results as an early heat crashed damaged both chassis and tyres and left Wooder with the task of a damaged limititaion job. Philip Rawson found himself in the repercharge after crahses in both heats, he went onto qualify for the main final and not only that drove through to claim a 5th in the second final! Ending his weekend on a high and showing what he might be capable of for the rest of the year. Irish driver Gary Donnelly found the Super 1 field competitive but he qualfied direct into the finals and progressed well and will be looking foward to round 2.
Mini Max drivers Luke Wooder and Zak Fulk both qualfied well with 5th and 10th respectively, heats were tough but both ran high in the finals before more incidents left them down the order a little.
The team now progress onto the O Plate at Rowrah and hope to retain their 2012 title.

On 29/05/2013

EuroMax Genk Hi's and Low's

EuroMax Genk Hi's and Low's

The first round of the EuroMax challenge at Genk was to be a week of highs and lows unfortunatley for the DHR team ending on the latter. With an impressive timed qualfying performance the team displayed what its talented driver line up grouped together with its now renound fast and well setup equipment could actually do. New DHR member Connor Jupp picked up where the team left off in 2012 securing pole position for the Senior Rotax qualfying out of some 90 drivers. Philip Morin also went well and secured 3rd place with Austrian driver Weinzierl, Australian Lehane and American Weprin all not too far behind.
Despite good heats with many wins the finals were not too be as good, with first corner crash's losing Morin and Lehane from the front it was left with Jupp to fight for the win. After a race long battle Jupp took the lead with 4 laps to go but didnt defend when neccessary at the next corner and was shifted back down the leading train, and on the next lap he was out all together when trying to avoid a spinning kart.
In the Junior Max category Dave Wooder did a good job all weekend and secured a 4th in final 1 and recovered to 7th in final 2 following a first corner crash.
In DD2 Babington also qualfied pole with teammate Pullinger grid 7. For the finals Babington's pace wasnt quite enough to claim victory and he played it safe and settled for 3rd giving a solid podium place! Pullinger recovered after a diffcult start to 7th in final 2.
The team now look forward to the second round of the Euro max at Casteletto Italy where the team hopes to turn its speed into results.

On 29/05/2013

Irvine makes the switch to DHR

Irvine makes the switch to DHR

Scottish Senior Rotax driver Jordan Irvine has made the swicth to DHR. Jordan's first race with the DHR team came at the second round of the British super 1 series where his pace impressed team manager Dan " Jordan was quite fast out of the blocks, with a little fine tuning and some more races together I think he will put in some impressive results in the near future." Watch this space for more to come.

On 29/05/2013

New Workshop at Whilton Mill Kart Circuit

New Workshop at Whilton Mill Kart Circuit

DHR are pleased to announce we have moved into our brand new workshop based at the Whilton Mill Kart Circuit. As one of the leading UK tracks DHR see it as a good advantage to be based at Whilton.
With its central location and easy access to the motorway network the team are ideally situated within the UK. With testing available at Whilton most days the team are sure to fine tune their equipment and can offer kart storage, garage space and on site driver coaching and training as well as all our usual race team facilities.
DHR invite you to call in and say hello next time your in the area.

On 05/03/2013

Weprin takes FWT Double!!!

Weprin takes FWT Double!!!

British and European Champions DHR guided their American Junior Max driver Jack Weprin to an amazing double victory at the first round of the Florida Winter Tour at Palm Beach raceway last weekend.

Weprin racing under the familiar DHR colours set pole in both qualifying sessions under the sunny skys of the Florida state. The talented youngster proved this was no fluke and went onto take victory in Saturday's wet final and then victory in Sunday's dry final. Jack now heads the championship points with 2 rounds remaining at Homestead 23/24 February and Ocala 23/24 March.

Jack now looks forward to joining his other DHR team mates at the Rotax Winter Cup at Campillos in Spain where he will be making his Senior Rotax debut.

DHR have one team place still available for this year’s Super 1 and Euro Max events and Dan would encourage anyone who may be interested to call for an informal chat.

On 24/01/2013

World Finals Disappointment

World Finals Disappointment

The Rotax Grand Finals was the season finale for the DHR team. Unfortunately it did not prove to be as successful as the rest of the 2012 season! Sean Babington endured power issues all week, a problem the team and Rotax organisers were unable to overcome.

Pierce Lehane had been in emphatic form qualifying pole position and winning all of his 3 heats all looked good for the finals. Whilst leading the main final Pierce received contact from another competitor causing him to run off line and leaving Pierce to manage a bent kart home. He salvaged a fine 5th but this was a small consolation as the result could have been special.

Snr Max driver Philip Morin had been fast all week, but whilst running 5th in the pre final he encountered an electrical problem causing him to retire back to the pits. The ignition coil was at fault and was replaced for the final but he was unable to recover to the front of the field depsite a fine drive.

Raoul Hyman qualified 4th in the Jnr max class. Whilst his driving was on top form his engine wasn't and lacked top end speed. With Raoul battling inside the top 10 in the main final the engine began to lose power and revs and this led to Raoul losing places and ending in a disappointing 17th.

Thomas Randle of Australia also in Jnr Max had showed speed all week and with although had strong races in some heats was unlucky with some incidents and found himself in the repercharge. Whilst in a qualifying position for the main final he was taken out on the 2nd lap ending his hopes for the week!

So overall a tough week but with many positives and the success of 2012 to fall back on the DHR team look forward to hopefully another successful year in 2013.

On 24/01/2013

DHR - British Champions!!!! and more!!!

DHR - British Champions!!!! and more!!!

DHR enjoyed a fantastic year in the National Super 1 British Championships. With Sean Babington proving unstoppable in the Snr Rotax category he was the deserving winner of the Snr Rotax S1 championship.

Raoul Hyman fell just short of victory and after an eventfull year with highs and lows he claimed 3rd in the Jnr Rotax Championship.

Tom Holland becomes vice British Champion taking 2nd in the 177 category.

Luke Wooder proved the class of the field in HOnda Cadet and calimed the overall championship with a thrilling last race finish!

Ash Hand- 11th Snr Max
Barrie Pullinger- 13th Snr Max
Jay Goodwin- 13th Jnr Max
Dave Wooder- 6th Mini Max
Will Taylforth 14th Mini Max

So with 9 seeded drivers, 2 British titles and one vice champion 2012 was a year to remember!

On 24/01/2013

PF Super 1- Double Wins

PF Super 1- Double Wins

PF Super 1 was filled with podiums for the DHR team. Sean Babington fresh from his Europeon success stamped further authority on the British Championship by claiming a fine double victory. Team mate Ash Hand had qualfied 2nd and could well have taken his first podium finish of the year but he suffered a broken axle which ended his hopes. Barrie Pullinger secured a solid top 10 finish in final 1 but when the rain came for final 2 Pullinger had the disadvantage of new wet tyres and depsite his best efforts couldnt repeat his top 10 in final 2.
In Jnr Max Raoul Hyman led the charge and qualfied 2nd overall. He went onto finish 2nd in final 1 closing in on race leader but running out of laps. In final 2 he was pushed back in the tricky conditions and ended 6th.
Jay Goodwin also impressed with a fine 6th in final 1, he was the victim of a wild crash in final 2 but recovered well to take 12th.
Mini Max star Dave Wooder was once again fast and took 4th in final 1. Again the wet final 2 saw Wooder struggle with new wet tyres but he made a valiant attempt and took 9th in difficult circumstances. Teammate Will Taylforth was having his best drive of the year in final 2 he was 6th on the last lap but a final corner crash left him limping home over the line to 10th position.

On 15/10/2012

DHR European Champions- Babington Does It!!!

DHR European Champions- Babington Does It!!!

The circuit of Salbris, France was the destination of the final round of the 2012 Euro Max Championship. It proved to be a thriller, with DHR drivers having claimed podium places in Senior Rotax at every round this season they were again the team to beat.

DHR drivers started well and secured 2nd,3rd and 5th in timed practice in the order of Lehane, Babington and Hand. It was Babington who went onto dominate the heats with four heat wins from four. He was backed up with fellow DHR team drivers Pierce Lehane of Australia and UK man Ash Hand. Lehane and Hand claimed wins and a brace of top positions in the heats and the DHR boys gridded up 1st, 3rd and 4th for the pre final.

Despite the team trying to plan ahead and frantically working championship points out there were far too many permutations so Babington was simply told to go and race for the win and not to think about championship rivals until final 2. He did just this, whilst Babington eased into a comfortable lead pulling away for victory his team mate Lehane also eased away securing a DHR 1-2. Hand slipped to 7th but his pace remained good. Barrie Pullinger and Philip Morin both came to grief in separate incidents leaving them well down the order.

Heading into the main final Babington knew no matter who won if he finished 4th or better he was champion and despite a nervy first couple of laps he soon settled into his usual rhythm and drove away from the pack. He maintained his pace and controlled the race claiming the victory and in doing so became the 2012 Euro Max Champion. His team mates didn't quite enjoy the same luck in the main final with Lehane pushed wide several times ending his race in 8th place, whilst Pullinger climbed to 13th, Hand 16th and Morin came home in 20th.

Babington who won three out of the four rounds spoke afterwards, "It's been amazing! Its feels great and I'd like to thank Dan of DHR, the Ogden team, Freem, Tillett and all the family for the support!"

DHR could boast 3 drivers in the top six of the Senior Euro Max Championships with Babington championship winner, Pullinger 5th and Morin 6th. The team now look forward to the remaining Super 1 rounds and the Rotax International Open in Zuera 24-28 October.

On 15/10/2012

Three Sisters S1- Solid Points for DHR

Three Sisters S1- Solid Points for DHR

Three Sisters, Wigan 25/26 September was the scene of a hard fought points haul for the DHR drivers. In Mini Max Wooder raced well and climbed up the field to record 5th in both finals. In Jnr Max Raoul Hyman found himself near the back of the repercharge grid. However a gutsy drive saw him not only qualify for the main final but deliver a top drive to get a 7th nd a 6th in the main finals, keeping his title hopes alive. Jay Goodwin was fast all weekend but was caught up in incidents in both finals.
Thomas Randle 2012 Australian Jnr Rotax champion joined DHR for a guest appearance and showed just how good he was. After qualifying pole in group he went onto finish 5th in final 1 before being taken out in the opening laps of final 2 whilst 3rd. We'll see more of Thomas next year.
In Snr Rotax Sean Babington made an unusual mistake whilst leading his second heat running off track and finishing down in 12th. Gridded 8th for the first final he was unable to make it around turn 1 and with heavy crash damage had to retire. However Babington proved his class and drove from last to 4th in final 2 setting fastest lap by over 3ths!
Ash Hand was showing his speed and set fastest lap in final 1 and was second fastest in final 2 but didnt get the result he deserved due to incidents.

On 15/10/2012

Ash Hand signs for DHR

Talented Snr Rotax driver Ash Hand has made the switch to DHR. The recently crowned Kartmasters GP champion has signed for DHR with immediate effect and hopes to make an instant impact at Three Sisters Super 1. Team manager Dan comments, 'I'm excited to have Ash join us, he has natural speed and I hope he can turn this into results, with our help I'm sure he can'.

On 15/10/2012

Wooder brothers GP Champion and Vice Champions!!

Wooder brothers GP Champion and Vice Champions!!

Dave and Luke Wooder cemented their names in Kartmasters Grand Prix history when younger brother Luke was crowned champion of the meeting in Honda Cadet and older brother Dave became vice champion in Rotax Minimax.

Racing in a competitive grid of 30 plus aspiring young racers the two youngsters from Chatham overcame changing weather conditions to reap the benefits in the Grand Final. Luke made his way from 6th to win on his Project One kart and Dave raced from 18th to 2nd on his Dan Holland Racing Alonso chassis.

Dave and Luke now look forward to the next round of Super One where they are both in contention for championship titles. The fifth round is being held at Wigan and the talented pair will continue their hunt for the silverware to add to their growing collection

On 15/10/2012

DHR Swedish Success Story!

DHR Swedish Success Story!

Team continue to excel in Euro Max

DHR demonstrated once more they have developed a group of drivers all capable of winning in the Euro Max challenge. With British duo of Sean Babington and Barrie Pullinger and Swede Philip Morin and Frenchman Antoine Barthon the strong line up didn’t disappoint. It was hugely impressive Sean Babington who claimed both the pre final and final wins in Senior Rotax with some outstanding driving despite not taking to the track in qualifying and thus being unable to post a time leaving him 61st in the timed practice classification.

With Babington starting last for all his heats it seemed his championship hopes were disappearing, the talented 19 year old DHR man pulled out a stunning performance in heat 1 to prove he wasn’t down and out. With tricky conditions being slicks on a damp but drying track Babington mastered these before others and drove from 25th on the grid to take the win by over 5 seconds! Just then it appeared something special could happen. Babington went onto secure a string of solid heat finishes giving him a grid 9 pre final start. After a safe and steady start Babington gathered pace and hit the front of the pre final and never looked back easing to victory. In a very wet main final Babington once again showed his skill and simply drove into the distance winning by nearly 14 seconds.

Team driver Antoine Barthon had been strong all weekend and after a good race long battle in the dry pre final he ended 4th. With the rain falling Barthon showed good kart control and broke clear of the pack in the main final and secured an excellent podium 3rd place finish.

Swedish driver Philip Morin had high hopes racing in his home country, despite difficult heats Philip showed his maturity beyond his years and drove through the field to get 5th place in the grand final. This moving Morin into 6th in the championship standings, impressive for his first senior year of racing.

Barrie Pullinger raced well all week but suffered a bad first lap in the main final losing ground to the frontrunners. He however made an excellent fight back through to the top 10 giving him more points for the championship where he sits 4th overall.

Sole Junior Max team driver Kaan Onder has progressed well in the wet and he produced an excellent drive from 22nd on the grid to 8th in the main final.

So DHR can boast they have had a different team member on the Senior Rotax podium at each round this year, the only team to have done so. Demonstrating the work ethics and the team work that DHR undertake to ensure all drivers receive the best advice and technical equipment available on the grid.

The final round of the Euro Max Challenge is at Salbris in France 12-16 September. With Babington in a three way fight for the championship it will go down to the wire. DHR also welcome back Australian Rotax Max Champion Pierce Lehane for this event who will join back up with the team following his debut at Wackersdorf round 2 where he impressed.

On 08/08/2012

DHR continue its winning ways

DHR continue its winning ways

DHR continued its run of impressive team results by claiming yet more victories at Larkhall Super 1 last weekend. For the second Super 1 round running DHR team drivers finished top two in every Rotax category taking victory in two classes and seconds places in the other two. The official Alonso team continue to set the pace across the board.

Dave Wooder was cruising in the lead of the Mini Max final 1 but was denied victory when disaster struck and the engine stopped causing him to fall to the rear of the field. In Final 2 determined to put this set back behind him Wooder drove the race of his life by climbing from last place on the grid to take an amazing second position on the last lap setting fastest lap along the way. New Mini Max team member William Taylforth had his best two finals of the year rounding out the second final with a ninth place finish. With more time the team feel William can break into the top six in later rounds.

In Junior Max in form Raoul Hyman took pole position in a very wet timed practice and lined up pole for the first final following two successful heats. Hyman was never headed and drove a class lights to flag victory. In Final 2 Hyman was chased down by local driver Kyle Fowlie who claimed the lead mid race. With an exciting climax to the final Hyman give everything he could but despite his best efforts couldn’t steel back the win and had to settle for second. Taking a huge point’s haul Hyman has to be happy to be back in the championship hunt. Josh Armstrong continued his development qualifying into the main finals through a great drive via the re-percharge. With everyone’s pace so well matched Armstrong made steady but solid progress to claim 23rd overall in both finals. Despite a little disappointed with the end finish as Josh had showed signs of top ten pace over the weekend he can still take the positives from making the finals again.

Sean Babington continued his UK dominance in Senior Rotax of late by claiming yet again pole position, followed by two heat wins and two fine performances in the finals claiming comfortable victories in both further extending his championship lead. Philip Morin qualified 2nd in group, his 1st heat didn’t go to plan with a mechanical but a 6th in heat two was positive. Philip secured a 12th and 14th place finishes in the finals as Philip possibly the youngest driver in the class continues his development. Barrie Pullinger had mixed fortunes, with an excellent drive in final 1 up to 8th, and showing good speed Pullinger was fancied for a top six in final 2. Yet a crash at the start of the final led to a damaged kart and Pullinger was forced to circulate near the rear of the field in order to just collect points.

In 177 Max Tom Holland took pole position in timed practice, he then went on to comfortably win both heats. Starting from pole in final 1 Tom was involved in exciting race long battle eventually coming out in third place. In final 2 Tom made a good start and pushed away at the front, despite having good pace he couldn’t quite mount a challenge for victory and took a well-earned second place.

DHR team owner Dan reflected once more on his driver’s efforts, “it’s been another great weekend for us, we’re all on high still, and the drivers seem to be gathering momentum and confidence. Once again a big thanks to everyone at Ogden engineering for all the support.”

After successful back to back Super 1 rounds the team now head over to Kristianstad, Sweden for the third round of the Euro Max Championship.

On 31/07/2012

DHR dominate Rowrah S1

DHR dominate Rowrah S1

The DHR team continued its strong start to the 2012 Super 1 series with a haul of wins and podiums at the Rotax Super 1 round at Rowrah this weekend. In a weekend of mixed and unpredictable weather conditions the one consistent feature throughout was the blue red and yellow DHR Alonso kart colours at the front.
Team drivers claimed a series of top finishes leading to victories in Senior Max and Mini Max, and runner up spots in Junior and 177 Max.

In Senior Rotax recently crowned British Open Champion Sean Babington repeated his GYG S1 flawless result by claiming pole in timed practice, then taking two heat wins and going on to take two final wins leaving Babington edging further clear in the championship lead. Barrie Pullinger endured a battling weekend and was cruelly taken off at the start of the main final then being forced to pit to repair the damaged rear bumper! Young Swedish driver Philip Morin came away with a credible 12th place finish on his debut visit to the Cumbrian circuit.
Dave Wooder took his first Super 1 victory of the year in Mini Max to move further ahead in the overall points tally. Wooder was unfortunate in final 1 to be spun around on the final corner from 2nd dropping him down to 6th. Wooder clearly fired up for final 2 produced an outstanding drive to take a well-deserved and popular victory at the flag. His younger brother Luke Wooder took a win and 2nd in the two Honda Cadet finals. Luke, not run directly by the DHR team but in close association, extended his championship lead with his top performance.

Junior Max driver Raoul Hyman has developed his wet weather skills and used these to good effect to qualify 5th in timed practice. He took two strong 2nd place finishes in the wet heats. Sunday came with dry weather and in final 1 Hyman adapted quickly and the top 3 moved clear of the field and had a race long battle. Last lap Hyman tried for the win and went for a brave move around the outside of hairpin one but found himself running out of track and fell back to 3rd. In final 2 Hyman dropped back at the start but his speed took him up through the pack to 2nd place but the leader had already gone by then so he had to settle for the runner up spot on this occasion. Kaan Onder hadn’t been to Rowrah for 4 years and with a lack of dry testing struggled to find his speed quickly enough and didn’t progress from the repercharge. Josh Armstrong continued his development and was delighted to qualify for the main finals. He enjoyed race long battles in the midfield pack in both finals and gained valuable experience for the next round.

In 177 Tom Holland went close to victory but had to settle for second best this time around. Taking runner up position in both finals he secured good points and cements his place in second in the standings.

So with 5 drivers collecting podium trophies DHR team owner Dan reflected on his team’s efforts, “It’s been an excellent weekend for our drivers. The hard work we’ve all been putting in on and off track is starting to show. I’m realistic and know these types of results don’t happen every weekend so it’s important when the drivers are fast to make sure they get the finishes and points on the board. I’d like to thank Steve and the team at Ogden Engineering for the engines and support which has been great!”

For more information on DHR, Alonso Karts please contact Dan on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk or visit our website at www.danhollandracing.co.uk

Photographs courtesy of Chris Walker/Kartpix.net.

On 23/06/2012

DHR British Open Champions

DHR British Open Champions

DHR driver Sean Babington fresh from his double Super 1 victory at GYG last time out has won again this time at Rowrah at the prestigious British Open Championship earning himself the coveted O plate for his Senior Rotax Alonso kart.

The weekend started off well for the DHR team as the mechanics charity pro kart endurance race took place on the Saturday evening. In a full grid of karts in teams of three the DHR spanner men proved to have the pace on track and went onto claim victory by over 12s after some 45 minutes of racing (and some crashing!) all excellent fun and for a good cause being the air ambulance.

Back to the serious event and in Senior Rotax it was DHR man Sean Babington who claimed pole position in timed practice. After steady heats Babington went onto dominate the pre final and led again a lights to flag victory in the main final easing away towards the race end. Senior Rotax team mate Barrie Pullinger couldn’t quite get on the leading pace this weekend but despite this the team are confident he will be back on it at Super 1 in a couple of weeks. It had looked like it was going to be Babington’s day right from the start, when the DHR driver was randomly drawn as the winner of the fantastic Edgar sponsored prize draw for a brand new Suzuki Alto car!!! A very grateful and lucky Babington was thrilled to win the car and a big thanks to Edgars for such a wonderful prize.

Dave Wooder stepped up his game come Mondays Minimax finals after a steady couple of days. Wooder claimed 2nd place in an enthralling last lap in the pre final. From this in the main final Wooder was involved in a race long battle at the front but in typical O plate style the last few laps become a little tasty and Wooder was moved out of contention at hairpin 2 on the penultimate lap still claiming 5th at the flag however.

Junior Max team driver Raoul Hyman proved to be very fast yet incidents in finals led to a disappointing finish yet his pace was encouraging looking ahead to the S1 round coming soon. Josh Armstrong used the O plate to gain more experience against the quality field and made solid progress all weekend.

The DHR team now prepares itself for the Rowrah Super 1 16/17 June where they hope the team of drivers can continue their good performances.

For more information on DHR, Alonso Karts please contact Dan on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk

Pictures courtesy of Kartpix.net

On 07/06/2012

DHR drivers charge into Championship Leads

DHR drivers charge into Championship Leads

Babington wins GYG Super One

DHR’s drivers enjoyed a more than successful weekend at the Glan Y Gors circuit for round 2 of the Rotax Super 1 Series. DHR team drivers went on to claim championship leads in three different classes when the points were totalled up after the weekends racing.

Sean Babington dominated Senior Rotax all weekend and claimed a double victory. After taking pole position in timed practice Babington went on to win both his heats. He drove a faultless and perfect weekend taking victory in both finals driving clear of the opposition by over three seconds. ‘It’s been brilliant, my Alonso kart and Ogden engine package worked just perfect and it’s great to take the championship lead,’ commented a very happy Babington. Barrie Pullinger and Philip Morin both pushed for high finishes but after a tough qualifying session both found it difficult, despite good speed, to make places around the tight track as racing became spread out.

In Mini Max team driver Dave Wooder put in a solid performance. Wooder claimed 2nd in timed practice claiming a win and 4th place finishes in heats and backed this up with a 4th and 5th in the Finals. Despite wanting more Wooder took the sensible option to take big points which earns him a share of the Mini Max championship lead also. Jonathan Paylor raced well in his first year of the class and was pleased to make the main finals gaining valuable experience.

Younger brother Luke Wooder underlined his status as title favourite in Honda Cadet by taking two excellent victories. Wooder left it late seizing the victory for each final on the last lap giving him the championship lead with a maximum score.

Raoul Hyman had shown excellent speed in Junior Rotax and roared up the field in final one taking 5th spot. The final 2 start didn’t go to plan and after small incidents Hyman climbed back up to 10th by the flag. A decent haul of points but more to come for Hyman. Kaan Onder raced well in the heats but incidents for the young driver from Turkey led to a disappointing finish. Josh Armstrong is gaining experience all the time in his first year of Super 1 and the Junior Rotax class. On this occasion he found himself starting at the sharp end of the repercharge but sadly didn’t progress from here. Armstrong will be hoping for more as his experience grows.

177 driver Tom Holland progressed well throughout the event. After steady heats Holland made the most of the points scoring finals and produced a good performance to take third place podium finishes in both finals. The results earning him second in the standings at this early stage.

The DHR team move onto the prestigious British Open Championship at Rowrah used also in preparation for the forthcoming Round 3 of the Rotax Super 1 at Rowrah in a couple of weeks.

For more information on DHR, Alonso Karts please contact Dan on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk.

On 06/06/2012

Euromax Wackersdorf Podium for Morin

Euromax Wackersdorf Podium for Morin

DHR had a strong run at round 2 of EuroMax Wackersdorf. Swedish driver Philip Morin claimed his best results of the year with a double podium in both pre final and Grand Final with a impressive and solid drive throughout the weekend. Having secured 3rd on the grid Philip pushed away with the leading 2 karts and despit enot quite having the pace to win he was happy to settle for a very comfortable 3rd place a long way ahead of the following drivers.
Championship leader from round 1 Sean Babington endured a tough week. Qualfying went well with 3rd overall but mixed heats left him mid grided for the pre final. Babington made excellent progress in this claiming 4th and picking up vital championship points. However a engine related problem inn Final 2 saw him lose bottom end power leaving him slipping down the order to a mid field finish. He will for sure bounce back and cant wait for the next round.
DHR were joined by guest driver Pierce Lehane multiple Australian Junior Rotax Champion. Lehane didnt waste any time getting on pace and an impressive qualfying saw him 2nd overall missing pole by 0.001 of a second! With 2 heat wins where he drove away from the field and a 4th and 7th he was grided 2nd on the front row for the pre final. Pierce knew he had the speed to win and so did his rivals! The start of the race he was pushed off on the first corner and then driven over in the next causing serious kart damage ending his race. Starting 34th for the Grand Final he made an excellent race coming up through the field to 11th. A great drive, depsite not claiming the results his speed desereved a very impressive week and Lehane will be back for future events!
Barrie Pullinger started steady and improved over the weekend. Pullinger progressed fast and with soild heats was a mid field Pre final starter. From there he went on and claimed a credible 11th. The team made a few changes and Barrie went onto drive an excellent final. Making a good start he climbed up the order into 6th and was a constant threat to the 5th place fininsher. Pullinger now moves into 4th in the championship with his consitent impressive finishing.
In Junior Rotax Kaan Onder was very fast throughout the week. He was on fine form and qualfied 9th overall. Disaster struck in heat 1 with the engine not starting on the grid leading to a non start. The follwoing 2 heats went much better where Kaan used his speed well taking 2nd in both heats. This still grided Kaan 14th for the pre final. After a mixed race he ended 13th lapping faster than the race winner. Kaan feeling confident for the main Final but a massive 1st corner crash saw his race ended before it started! He sustained a bent axle meaning he cojuldnt continue and fufill the result he craved for.

On 28/05/2012

Mulitple Podiums @Wet Whilton S1

Mulitple Podiums @Wet Whilton S1

In a monsoon wet meeting eventually abandoned with results declared on the heats the DHR team were left with a mix of podiums and dissapointments. Wooder in mini max was on form and had secured 2nd after the heats, Babington also on form securing 2nd also. Holland in 177 claimed 6th despite a 1st heat crash. Remaining Junior and Senior drivers endured mixed fortunes and were desperate for the finals to be raced so they could climb back through the order but were denied the opportunity with the organisers running short on time and conditions not improving had no choice but to abandon the event. The team hope for more at round 2 S1 at GYG North Wales.

On 28/05/2012

Babington Wins at Euro Max Genk

Babington Wins at Euro Max Genk

DHR winning ways continue

Babington takes championship lead

Following on from victory with Barrie Pullinger the week before at the BMC the DHR team were further strengthened with the arrival of their full Euro Max squad of drivers ready for the weeks racing. Sean Babington made it double success for the DHR team in Genk by claiming victory at this week’s Euro Max and thus storming into the championship lead.

The teams Junior drivers of Kaan Onder and Dave Wooder didn’t enjoy the same luck as the Seniors, as Onder was plagued by technical problems all week eventually suffering incidents in both finals. Wooder however progressed well and a promising top 5 finish was on the cards until he also was involved in an unavoidable incident dropping him down the order. Both drivers will be back and the team is sure their luck will surely change!

It was a fantastic display from the teams Alonso Kart Senior drivers. With a 90 strong grid of senior competitors the DHR drivers went onto dominate proceedings. Timed qualifying was the first time to show drivers real pace and it was Sean Babington claiming pole position with team mates Pullinger 5th overall, Philip Morin 6th and Antoine Barthon 14th overall. Newcomer to team, class and championship Sam Brabham made significant improvements over the week and claimed a creditable 61st.

Babington was in a ruthless mood and went onto take 4 wins from 4 in the heats with Barthon also claiming a win, Pullinger and Morin claimed consistent top 3 finishes on the way to giving the team their second 1,2,3 finish in a heat in the second Euro Max event in a row.

Brabham endured tough heats and after several accidents he was bound for the consolation race. Despite this his desire for success was as strong as ever and he drove an excellent race to come from grid 25 to lead with a lap to go. Sam’s lack of experience showed and he left the door open and his competitors took advantage leaving Sam to claim 3rd position. A missed opportunity but some excellent experience for the young driver.

The Ogden powered drivers endured differing final results with Morin and Barthon both suffering incidents leaving them short of the results they much deserved. DHR drivers were 1st and 2nd fastest in the final with Morin setting fastest lap ahead of winner Babington giving him much encouragement. Meanwhile Pullinger ran in the podium positions in the main final until a small mistake saw him pushed wide and out of contention. He later recovered to take 12th but his strong performances leave him 8th in then championship.

Babington ended a thrilling race in front and took victory to cap off an excellent weekend. He now leads the Euro Max championship and looks forward to the next round. Team manager Dan talks, “It’s been a very good couple of weeks for us, all our drivers have been excellent and to take back to back wins is great. It’s a nice reward for the hard work we’ve put in testing and a big thanks to Steve at Ogden Engines for his help also”.¬¬¬¬

DHR are the UK distributors for the FA Alonso chassis and use Ogden prepared engines. For more information on the products or team please contact Dan directly on +447960047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk or see the website www.danhollandracing.co.uk

Photographs courtesy of Carpy.nl.

On 06/04/2012

Pullinger Claims BMC Victory

Pullinger Claims BMC Victory

Some of the DHR team drivers used the Belgian Max Challenge race as a shakedown ahead of the Euro Max round 1 also at Genk the week later. With over 60 entries for Senior and 36 drivers in Junior racing was close.

Not content with using the BMC as just testing DHR team drivers Philip Morin and Barrie Pullinger went onto dominate the Senior Max category with Morin starting the event with qualifying pole in timed practice with a stunning series of laps. After mixed but close heats the duo were both in contention at the front of the final but it was Pullinger who emerged victorious. After several stints in the lead of the final Pullinger timed his final charge to perfection leaving him to claim a tight but well deserved win against some top quality field. Morin who dropped back at the start of the final following a small incident climbed back up to 5th by the flag.

The Junior duo of Kaan Onder and Dave Wooder also did their bit to make it a good weekends testing for the DHR team with differing but equally impressive performances. Onder suffered mechanic issues in final 1 and started final 2 from grid 36 climbing as high as 7th in just 10 laps but his run was ended when he crashed off with another driver ending his excellent efforts. Wooder in his first Junior Max outing made a sterling drive in the main final from grid 20 to reach 3rd at one point having to eventually settle for 4th. Team manager Dan spoke of the weekends results “This BMC weekend was intended as a test for some of our drivers ahead of Euro Max, I didn’t expect all the drivers to do so well against tough local competition. It should give these guys some good confidence going into Euro max”

Picture Courtesy of Carpy.nl

On 05/04/2012

Wooder Beats Rivals at GYG

Wooder Beats Rivals at GYG

Mini Max star Dave Wooder drove a fantastic GYG meeting to beat all his closest S1 rivals. Wooder qualified pole at the start of the day and despite leading many laps was unlucky not to claim 2 heat victories. The 12 year old DHR driver put amends to this when he drove an excellent final where him and Lando Norris worked together driving clear of other challengers. Wooder out manouvered Norris on the final lap to claim a well deserved victory. Wooder now looks ahead to driving the Euro Max round 1 moving up a class into Junior Max for this one off event only.

On 05/04/2012

Kaan Onder Switches to DHR

Kaan Onder Switches to DHR

Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport backed Junior Max driver Kaan Onder has signed to DHR. The talented driver from Turkey has made the switch and has confirmed his participation in Super 1 and Euro Max. Kaan who finished a strong 7th in Euro Max in 2011 and was winner of the Rotax International Open at Zuera is one of the lowest seeds for this years championship and hopes to get off to a flyer at the first round at Genk in just a couple of weeks time. Kaan will also race at the BMC event the week ahead to familarise himself with the change of equipment and team. Dan comments, "I'm really pleased Kaan has decided to join DHR and believe he's got a lot of potential to do big things this year. I'm looking forward to getting started at the BMC race and see how things look for the Euro Max opener the following week".

On 19/03/2012

Philip Morin to race Euro Max and S1

Swedish star Philip Morin has confirmed his place with DHR for the 2012 season. Philip will contest the UK Super 1 Championship along with the Euro Max Challenge and Rotax International Open. The talented 15 year old Swede who finished third in the 2011 Junior Max Euro Challenge has progressed to the Senior Rotax and moved to the DHR team adding to the teams already strong lineup. With already a fourth place finish at the Winter Cup, Campillos Philip has wasted no time in finding his feet in the senior category. DHR team principal Dan comments, "Philip seems to have settled in to our team straight away and aquitted himself excellently. He's fast intelligent and wants to learn. If he races well he can enjoy a really good first season in the class". Philip will join his DHR team mates at their next race being the Belgian Max Challenge event 25/3/12 held at Genk, which acts as a good shakedown for the Genk Euro Max round one a week later. Watch this space for more news..

On 19/03/2012

Campillos Winter Cup Positives

Campillos Winter Cup Positives

The Winter Cup held at Campillos Malaga, Spain is often the season shakedown race to get the ball rolling for the rest of the year. However the level of comeptition at this years event was so high and the prizes on offer equally as impressive the race was as serious as ever. For the DHR team four senior drivers entered with usual team drivers of Sean Babington, Antoine Barthon and Ross Wylie joined by new DHR team member Philip Morin. All drivers were fast over the testing and racing with Babington claiming pole position in timed qualifying, something he's developed a talent for over recent months. The other trio not quite getting their ultimate laps in yet still in good positions for the heats. After the heats Babington gridded second for the pre final with Wylie 14th, Barton 18th and Morin further back following mechanical issues in the heats. The pre final start was less then desirable with a large first corner crash leading to Babington and Wylie in the gravel on the outside of turn one. Morin and Barthon managed to avoid the debris of spinning karts and the pair worked well together driving through the field ending in 6th and 7th, Morin setting fastest lap along the way. Babington and Wylie re joined to finish someway down the order ending their hopes of podium challenges for the main final. The start of the grand final was somewhat better than the pre final but with no big casualties and the quality of the gird progress was slow for Babington and Wylie. They both made good races to climb back to 9th and 10th with Babington setting second fastest time. After initally climbing to 5th Barthon then suffered a small mechanical problem leading to him losing time and drifting back down the order ending 11th. After such a promising pre final a little disappointing for the French driver. Meanwhile Philip Morin in his first race for DHR drove an excellent final to make his way up to fourth just missing out on a podium place in his first senior rotax race. Team director Dan spoke afterwards, "Whilst extremely dissapointing for the likes of Babington and Wylie who were cruelly denied a chance of racing up front in the main final, it's been a great week for Philip who has impressed on his senior rotax debut. I also feel for Antoine after such a good effort in the pre final to suffer problems in the main final is tough, he deserves a bit of luck and I'm sure it will turn for him soon".

On 08/03/2012

Raoul Hyman - British Super 1 Rookie of the Year, Junior Rotax

Raoul Hyman - British Super 1 Rookie of the Year, Junior Rotax

Raoul Hyman confirmed his potential when he walked away with the 'British Super 1 Rookie of the Year Award - Junior Rotax' at the recent Autosport Intenational Awards at the NEC in Birmingham in january. South African born Hyman, who previously took the Rookie of the Year Award in his very first year of karting in South Africa, and then the South African National Championship title in Mini Max in only his second year, appears to be continuing his impressive run. In only his first year of competition in the United Kingdom, the ISL London Grade 10 student became the only Rookie to be ceded for 2012 when he finished 11th overall in the 2011 British National Super 1 Championship, out of the 78 contenders.

"It was a tough but exciting learning year for me' he says' I had to learn the circuits, all of which I saw for the first time this year, learn to drive in the rain, something that we did not do in South Africa, and also get used to the large fields and driving style." When asked about 2012 he had this to say "I am looking forward to the new season and aim to build on 2011 by finishing on the Podium." The Hillsong London youth member will remain in Junior Rotax with Dan Holland Racing for 2012, driving a Solomon Capital Investments sponsored Fernando Alonso chassis.

Hyman collected a number of impressive prizes for his 'Rookie of the Year" title including a brand new Rotax engine, and a trip for two to the Mercedes Benz Formula 1 factory.

On 08/03/2012

Brabham to join DHR

Brabham to join DHR

Sam Brabham is set to graduate to the ranks of the senior Rotax Max karting category following confirmation of his signing with Dan Holland Racing for 2012. Sam will make his class debut this weekend at PF International, near Grantham in Lincolnshire, as part of a diverse racing programme that will see him hone his skills both at home and abroad.

The 17 year-old will compete in various UK club meetings, but his main focus will be on contesting select rounds of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge. In doing so, the son of triple Le Mans 24 Hours winner and double American Le Mans Series Champion, David Brabham, and grandson of triple Formula One World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham, will be the first to represent the Brabham family in European level karting in over 60 years of racing history.

Sam’s natural progression to Rotax Max follows his inaugural season competing at national level in Formula Kart Stars last year. Although he encountered an expected steep learning curve racing in Junior Max, Sam worked hard to continually improve his form and his best results included a top 10 finish in the series’ only European round at Genk.

Following his first race in the senior category at PF International this weekend, Sam will make a welcome return to the challenging Belgium circuit to tackle his first Rotax Max Euro Challenge round at Genk on March 31 and April 1.

The Henley-on-Thames karter heads to the opening season rounds after an impressive recent two-day test with DHR. Sam demonstrated his Rotax Max potential aboard the Alonso kart by matching the pace of his more experienced teammates to within just one tenth of a second at Whilton Mill and followed that form with a strong showing during his first ever outing at Shenington.

Still a relative newcomer to the sport, Sam will continue to concentrate on perfecting his race craft and building vital competitive experience. However, with the invaluable backing of Arbuthnot Latham and Liberty International UnderwritersTM (LIU), the aspiring star of the future is fully focused on rising to the Rotax Max challenge and delivering solid results to make his mark in the class.

Sam Brabham:
“It feels really good to be joining Dan Holland Racing and moving up to Rotax Max for 2012. There’s already a great team dynamic and I feel at home, which is a good way to start the season. The team has a lot of really quick Rotax Max drivers which means that I have to push myself more to match their level and having that benchmark will be good for me.

“The pre-season tests have given me confidence and enabled me to put some solid building blocks in place ahead of PF International. I know how competitive Rotax Max is and how close the racing will be. In comparison to juniors it’s a lot quicker, everyone is older and there’s perhaps more respect between the drivers, which can only be good.

“Last year was quite a difficult learning year but that experience was invaluable. Being able to see where I could have done better on reflection is what has helped me to improve my racing and set me up for this year. Now I’m up for a new challenge. It’s going to be testing but I’m ready for it and think I can do well and raise my game.”

Dan Holland, DHR Team Principal:
“I am very happy to have Sam joining DHR and our senior Rotax Max line-up, which I believe is the strongest we’ve ever had. Sam is already showing good potential but the calibre of the team will inevitably help him to develop into a top driver.

“I'm looking forward to working with him this season, particularly at the forthcoming Euro Max round at Genk at the end of March. First off, though, is this weekend at PF International. We’re expecting a full capacity grid of 36 entries for senior Rotax Max. Although it’s a club race all the top teams will be there with their drivers using it as a testing exercise for the big races ahead, so it will be a good starting point for Sam.”

David Brabham:
“Last year for Sam was very much a learning year. He had a lot of ups and downs which were sometimes tough to take but essential to lay good foundations for the future. He learnt a lot that he can put into this year and over the winter he’s been able to think about the areas he needed to improve.

“We’ve changed teams, championships and classes so it’s an exciting year for him. Dan Holland Racing is a good team with some very fast, experienced drivers and it will be good for Sam to learn from them. He’s certainly ready for the challenge.

“It’s going to be a busy year for the Brabham family. While Sam is moving more to European based racing and select UK events, I’m competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series. Then my nephew, Matthew, is racing in the USA. His first event is Sebring and I’ll be there for the first round of the World Endurance Championship. All three of us have an exciting time ahead and are ready to work hard to achieve our goals.”

On 08/03/2012

Barrie Pullinger signs for DHR

Barrie Pullinger signs for DHR

DHR are pleased to confirm the signing of Senior Rotax driver Barrie Pullinger for the 2012 season. Barrie will further add to the team’s already talented line up of drivers and he hopes to enjoy a successful year with the official Rotax Alonso team.

The number 11 seed from last year’s Super 1 Series and the TVKC Continental Cup winner says “I’m really looking forward to the season and can’t wait to get started with the DHR team”.

Barrie joins fellow Senior Rotax team mate 2011 Vice Super 1 Champion Sean Babington and DHR team manager Dan believes the driver partnership will work well from the off, “I’m delighted Barrie has chosen DHR, I genuinely believe he can enjoy a successful year both in Super 1 and Euro Max starting immediately.”

Once more the team look forward to their continued and close support from Ogden Motorsport and the duo have been working in close connection over the winter break to further develop the already excellent engine packages for its drivers.

The DHR driver line ups are almost complete for 2012 with just one space remaining for Super 1 and Euro Max. So if you’re still unsure of the best place for you this year, contact Dan for some further information and you might just be pleasantly surprised.
Tel: 07960047810 Email: dan@danhollandracing.co.uk

On 29/01/2012

!!!!!!!! Amazing Alonso Kart Offer !!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!! Amazing Alonso Kart Offer !!!!!!!!

Strawberry Racing and DHR announce unique Alonso kart offer for Autosport International.

To give your pre-season preparations a major boost, Dan Holland Racing and Strawberry Racing have teamed up to bring you an unbelievable offer at Autosport International, which is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend (14/15 January).*

Order a new 2012 FA Alonso Victory chassis at the NEC and you will receive a £200 voucher to spend on OTK parts and accessories. Not only that, you will also get the choice of either two days of professional tuition or a weekend’s racing at the club meeting of your choice with DHR, enjoying the same facilities and support as Super One and Euromax star, Sean Babington.

Dan says: “In the current economic climate it is difficult for karters at all levels to afford a new kart. With the new season just around the corner I wanted to give added value and extra support to drivers. This is great offer is our way of giving something back to our customers.”

Visitors to the Karting Pavilion in Hall Six at the NEC will also be able to see the FA Kart Victory and a range of FA-branded clothing on Strawberry Racing’s stand.

Warwick Ringham of Strawberry believes interest and demand will be high: “Everyone loves a bargain and this is a fantastic deal, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned campaigner. The offer must end on Friday 20th January and availability is limited, so you’d better get your skates on and come and see us on stand [insert number], or contact Dan directly.”

A new 2012 FA Alonso Victory chassis at Autosport International this weekend is priced at just £2,850, plus VAT.

For more information about the Victory chassis and details of this offer, or to pre-order your FA Kart contact Dan Holland on 07960 047 810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk

On 11/01/2012

Babington Fastest at Rotax World Finals

Babington Fastest at Rotax World Finals

Sean Babington put a magic display at the 2011 Rotax World Finals held at the Al Ain Raceway near Dubai. After consistently topping the time sheets throughout official practice Babington was in a confident yet nervous mood for the offical qualifying. He shouldn't have been as he went on to claim pole position ahead of the other 71 competitors of the worlds best Rotax drivers. The heats went well with Babington winning his first two heats by healthy margins. During the third heat whilst leading Sean made a small mistake dropping onto the sand at the exit of turn ten pushing him down the order. He recovered well to 5th giving him a grid 2 for final 1. With Babington just wanting to get an inside grid for the grand final he took no chances and after a difficult start climbed back through to 3rd position. With everyone desperate to claim the world championship title the final was fierce and whilst running in 2nd in the lead pack Babington was driven over and forced to retire. The driver at fault later getting excluded. Babington and the team were left to consider what might have been, yet what a weeks racing it had been. The young driver from Kent England proving what a talent he is hopes to return in 2012 to challenge again.

On 11/01/2012

Wooder Wins at Whilton

Wooder Wins at Whilton

Minimax driver dave Wooder drove to a fantastic and well overdue 1st win in the class at the Whilton Mill November club meeting. Against some qulity super 1 and FKS oppostion Wooder proved to be the man to beat all weekend. Constantly fast through testing Wooder carried his speed over to Sundays racing and after good heats went on to win the grand final. We're sure more of the same for 2012 is on the cards.

On 11/01/2012

Hyman wins thriller at PFI

Hyman wins thriller at PFI

Junior Max driver Raoul Hyman rose to the occasion and showed his potential taking a well overdue victory at this weekend’s race at the new PFI circuit. The Junior Max grid was filled with talent with a number of seeded Super 1 drivers racing along with a number of Mini Max drivers stepping up to the highly competitive Junior class. Hyman had showed speed throughout the weekend and heats. With the combination of the new track extension and slippery cold track conditions the final was always going to be a battle between a number of drivers. It was to be a very exciting race with as many as 6 race leaders. It was Hyman who hit the front at just the right time with just a lap and a half to go he was able to hold on to the lead despite immense pressure to take an impressive win. This victory going to show the drivers fast development in only his first year of UK racing.

On 11/11/2011

Babington takes double WIN at Super 1 Wigan

Babington takes double WIN at Super 1 Wigan

Sean Babington delivered a stunning performance to take an impressive double victory in Senior Rotax at the final round of Super 1 held at Three Sisters, Wigan.

Securing 2nd spot in the championship and earning the right to be declared the the Ginetta Super One Senior Rotax Vice Champion and win a ticket to the Rotax World Finals to be held at Abu Dhabi 23-26 November.

The talented driver in just his first year in the senior category added the runners up Super 1 title to his 5th position in the highly competitive Euro Max championship along with 3rd at the Kartmasters Grand Prix and also became Vice Euro Max Winter Cup Champion along the way.

The DHR driver stamped his authority on the Super 1 event at Three Sisters winning both finals in very different styles. The first was an impressive drive through from grid 7 providing the spectators with an overtaking masterclass, once hitting the front never looking back. The second final was an ultra mature drive leading from lights to flag holding his nerve throughout despite being under race long pressure.

Team manager Dan commented "Sean was excellent today, with the pressure of the championship standings and starting the final from grid seven he did a great job to win both races. The package of Sean, the Alonso kart and the Ogden engines looked immense, I'm really pleased for him not just for the double win but for securing 2nd spot in the championship rewarding him with a place at the Rotax World Finals."

DHR's other Snr Max driver Ross Wylie enjoyed his best finish of the year after claiming 5th in qualifying Wylie went on to finish 5th in heat one and take victory in heat two in very tricky driving conditions. Starting final one from grid three Wylie broke away with the leading group finishing a fine 4th place. In final two after a difficult start Wylie would find himself in 6th where he would pressure the leaders all the way but couldn't find the extra speed to make further progress closing out final two in 6th position and finishing 10th in the standings a great end to his Super 1 series.

The Junior Max duo of Raoul Hyman and Ryan Morgan endured mixed fortunes. Despite having good pace Ryan was unable to claim the results he deserved. Hyman produced a great effort having only ever seen the track once before the Super 1 event itself he made massive progress over the weekend to claim 10th in final one and then 6th in the main final. In just his first year of Super 1 racing Raoul claimed 11th spot in the championship despite having to learn every track in such a short space of time.

177 team drivers Tom Holland and Tom Pyttlik produced excellent displays claiming 2nd and 3rd in final one and 2nd and 4th in final two respectively. Securing Holland 5th in the championship and Pyttlik 3rd! A great campaign for the 177 pairing.

In Mini Max sole representative Dave Wooder had a difficult weekend, despite this he was still able to claim a seeded number for next years series. As the youngest and smallest driver in the Mini Max class this is a great achievement in his first year in the mini category, he will wear 14 on his kart for 2012 and will come back bigger stronger and better. Talent runs in the family as younger brother Luke in just his 1st year of Super 1 racing aged just 9 amazed all to claim 3rd in the Honda Cadet Championship.

On 11/11/2011

Barthon 3rd in French Rotax Max Grand Finals

Barthon 3rd in French Rotax Max Grand Finals

DHR driver Antoine Barthon took part in the annual French Rotax max Grand Finals held at the Laval circuit in central France. A grid of 60 drivers took part and the level of competition was high. Antoine raced well, in final 1 an incident at the start of the race left Barthon with a damaged kart which he was able to nurse home to take 4th at the flag. An outside start proved not to be a problem as he was able to come around the 1st section in 3rd place. Barthon pushed the leading pair but was unable to run their fast pace until the end slowly drifting back into a lonely 3rd place where he would stay until the flag. Securing 3rd in such a large race was very good yet Antoine was still a little disappointed wanting to win the race for the team.

On 11/11/2011

FKS Ellough 3rd for Cornwell

FKS Ellough 3rd for Cornwell

Mini Max driver Josh Cornwell was on good form all weekend following up his good progress at the previous FKS round at Whilton Mill. At Ellough Park Round 11 Cornwell produced a solid performance all day capping this off with a fine 4th position in the final. Team mate Dave Wooder battled on and claimed a good 7th in the final. Sunday brought round 12 and Cornwell continued to impress. Full of confidence following his impressive round 11 results he went on to finish 3rd position in the final after solid heats. Crossing the line only 0.28 behind the winner he played it safe rather than trying a risky move. Cornwell taking his first podium of the season in his final Mini Max race. Wooder yet again backed Cornwell al the way and looked good for a top finish in the final but a first lap accident left him last. Despite this a big charge through the field resulted in 7th at the flag setting 2nd fastest time.

In junior Max George Williams hadn’t been to the Eloough park venue before, yet he didn’t let this stop him from posting some fast laps. Williams was getting better and better throughout Saturdays races and ended 6th in the final claiming a haul of championship points. Archire White weighed in some 8 kilos over weight yet battled on and showed why the DHR team rate him so highly. The 14 year old giant finished an excellent 11th in the round 11 final. Round 12 was mixed for Williams, he clearly was fast and drove an excellent final to finish just off the podium in 4th place. Yet a small incident mid race left the DHR driver with a place penalty dropping him down the order. White backed up his staurday efforts going even better and finishing an impressive 7th in Sundays final. An excellent way to sign out the year for him.
FKS Championship Positions for the DHR drivers:

Mini Max
Dave Wooder 8th
Josh Cornwell 10th

Junior Max
George Williams 4th
Archie White 12th

On 11/11/2011

Super 1 PFI, yet more Podiums!!!

Super 1 PFI, yet more Podiums!!!

Round 6 of the British Super 1 Championship took the team to the ever impressive PFI circuit. The DHR team of drivers didn’t fail to disappoint and delivered a brace of silverware throughout showing the team’s depth and talent.

In Senior Rotax Sean Babington led the way qualifying pole in timed practice. Teamate Ross Wylie backed this up with a fine 6th in qualifying. Yet whilst Babington was out leading heat 1 the heavens opened turning the race into a very tricky affair with staying on the black stuff priority Babington played it safe and secured 4th. He went onto win heat 2 in the dry. Wylie had mixed heats leaving work to be done in the finals. Final 1 saw Babington in a battle royal with his main rivals, he eventually ended 2nd running out of time to mount further challenge to race winner Ed brand. Final 2 saw the rain come down again this time giving drivers time to set the karts up for wet. Babington did a great job to secure 3rd on brand new wets whilst competitors around had scrubbed wets which tends to give a big advantage. Wylie did well also finishing 10th.

In Junior Max Ryan Morgan had his best performance of the year. Ryan took an excellent 2nd place in Final 1, and was on for another podium finish in final 2 before a last lap incident then led to an exclusion from final 2’s results. Still a great performance despite the final 2 incident. Raoul Hyman had qualified 5th yet a incident at the start of Final 1 left him trailing in 22nd place. He put this result firmly right though in final 2 driving through to 7th setting a faster time than the race winner. Team mate Williams also come through well ending 10th having had a trying weekend also.

In 177 Tom Pyttlik and Tom Holland qualified 3rd and 4th. Holland had an engine failure in final 1 whilst 3rd leaving Pyttlik to take 4th. In final 2 Pyttlik went 1 better to claim 3rd and another podium for him whilst Holland made a recovery drive up to 5th.

In Mini Max Dave Wooder qualified 3rd his best S1 qualifying of the year. After troubled heats Wooder came back in the Finals to take 13th in final 1 and move to 11th in Final 2.

On 11/11/2011

Euromax Angerville- Team Performance

Euromax Angerville- Team Performance

The trio of DHR Senior Max drivers Ross Wylie, Sean Babington and Antoine Barthon were all in fine form at round 4 of the Euromax Challenge held at Angerville, France. The 3 drivers qualified well with 2,3,4, positions in group leading to Babington 2nd overall, Wylie 4th and Barthon 6th. 3 Senior drivers in the top 6 of qualification against some 70 competitors was a high achievement. The Alonso chassis and Ogden powered engines were working well. Babington went onto win all 3 of his heat’s, Wylie had a DNF in heat 1 but bounced back with a 3rd and 2nd in his other heats. Barton had a difficult heat but made good use of his other heats with two 3rds. In one heat all drivers met together and delivered a superb 1, 2, 3 result for the team ahead of Ben Cooper and Andreas Jensen who ended 1st and 2nd in the Euromax championship. The finals turned wet Babington did well in final 1 with a solid 3rd place and Barthon also with 5th yet Wylie struggled a little. The team improved chassis setup for the 2nd final and although Babington challenged for victory he had to yet again settle for 3rd. Barthon was pushed off at the start so had to make his way back up the field ending in 10th by the flag with Wylie only a couple of places behind. A good end to the Euromax championship with Babington seeded 5th in the championship, Wylie 6th and Barthon 10th. The same 3 drivers hope to all go even better with DHR in 2012!

On 11/11/2011

Silverware for Williams at FKS Whilton

Silverware for Williams at FKS Whilton

Round 9 of the FKS championship took the team to Whilton Mill, where George Williams returned to the podium with a brace of 3rd places! 3rd in both heats and the final gave Williams important championship points moving him back to 3rd in the overall standings. Mini Max driver Josh Cornwell was on top from and qualified 4th backing this up with a 4th in heat 1 and heat 2. Having moved into 3rd at the start of the final things were looking good for the youngster yet a mistake into turn 3 led to a spin dropping him to the rear of the field where he would fight his way back up to 13th place. A big disappointment considering his excellent work all day. Mini teammate Dave Wooder continued his consistent campaign by picking up good points for a fine 7th in the final.

Round 10 of the FKS championship stared wet with qualifying on wet tyres the Junior pairing of Williams and White did well ending 4th and 6th respectively. In heat 1 again wet Williams made more progress finishing in 2nd spot setting fastest lap. White had a crash in the opening laps yet fought back to 12th posting 3rd fastest time of the race. Heat 2 was dry now with Williams finishing 3rd giving more big points, whilst White had to retire. Despite starting from grid 2 Williams didn’t even make it to the 1st corner having been spun around just after the line. He made a fight back from 22nd up to 9th posting consistent fast laps. Archie White made a great final coming through the me lay at the start and making progress to 8th by the flag! In Mini Max Cornwell once again qualified well going even better securing 2nd place. He went onto have difficult heats ending the day with 10th in final. Wooder also had a hard day but ended the final with a decent 8th place which could well have been higher if not for a few small mistakes.

On 11/11/2011

Wigan Gold for Wylie

Wigan Gold for Wylie

The DHR team entered the special event of the Gold Cup held at three Sisters Wigan. In ideal preparation for the forthcoming Super 1 final round it was to be a great weekend. Senior Rotax driver Ross Wylie put his local knowledge to great use with a stunning performance all weekend. Babington tested Friday and after setting a new lap record equalled by Wylie decided to sit out of the meeting to save the engines ahead of the super 1 title showdown only just around the corner. Wylie went on to fly the DHR flag with pole in Sundays official timed qualifying. After good solid heats Wylie claimed 2nd spot for the final grid and was muscled back at the start to 5th. However Wylie’s speed was clear for all to see and he sliced his way through the front pack setting fastest lap and taking the lead of the race a few laps from the end one which he wouldn’t relinquish! Taking the win and the title of 2011 Gold Cup champion.

In 177 Tom Holland had dominated proceedings with a pole in qualifying and winning both heats before disaster struck in the final. With the 177 grid going off the back of the Senior Rotax’s all weekend it had led to some interesting racing. Yet on the formation lap of the final a Senior Rotax driver crashed whilst warming their tyres and spilled back onto the track directly in the DHR drivers path. With nowhere to go a collision occurred causing sufficient damage for Holland to retire before the race had begun.

In Junior max sole DHR driver Ryan Morgan qualified 2nd ahead of a 26 field strong grid. Unfortunately this was short lived as a 1st corner crash in heat 1 led to a DNF. With the gold cup format such that Ryan had to start the 2nd heat from where he had finished his 1st it left an uphill battle. In the final girded 21 he made a sterling drive through the field to 10th by the flag posting the 2nd fastest time on his way. A positive end to a difficult day and Morgan should carry confidence into the Super 1 race coming soon at Wigan.

On 11/11/2011

FKS Genk Incident Packed Weekend

FKS Genk Incident Packed Weekend

An incident packed meeting for the DHR drivers at FKS at the Belgium circuit of Genk. Mini Max man Dave Wooder was fast all weekend and ended little points for his high efforts. In Saturdays finals Wooder was cruelly spun out of 2nd position in the final whilst challenging for the lead. A podium finish slipped through his grasp and he recovered well from last up to 13th by the flag. On Sunday Wooder again was involved in accidents and had to produce another recovery drive in the final up to 8th despite qualifying 4th for the day. Josh Cornwell endured a torrid weekend and simply had no luck with mechanic problems troubling him in both finals.
In Jnr Max George Williams was top 3 fastest in every session during testing, he qualified well both days but crashes in all his heats meant he had work to do in both finals. They didn’t go much better and crashes led to a 12th on day 1 and a 8th on day 2 leaving him wondering what he had to do to get a result his speed probably deserved. Archie White had a tough run on day 1 having to retire from the final yet day 2 he qualified 6th in the wet and backed this up with a 13th in a dry final. A good effort considering he’s running considerably over the weight limit.

On 11/11/2011

Kartmasters vice champions!

Kartmasters vice champions!

The team travelled direct from Denmark fresh from the Euro max events to PFI for the annual kartmasters. After qualification the team looked strong with Tom holland p1 in 177 and teamate Pyttlik p2, babington p1 in snr max and Morgan p5 in jnr max. The finals turned into a fight for the finish with Tom Holland ending his 3rd kartmasters in a row in 2nd place finish! So close but the kartmasters GP title still eluding the talented driver. In Snr max reigning jnr max gp plate holder Babington had a fight back through the field having been victim of pucshing at the 1st hairpin start, with fastest lap after fastest lap he made his way onto th epodium taking 3rd place and pressuring for victory on the final lap. Simply ruuning out of time to launch his assault on the race win. In Jnr max Morgan was also victim of a turn 1 crash having started p3 for the final. A good event for the team despite no GP titiles this year.

On 11/10/2011

Team left frustrated after Denmark Euromax

Team left frustrated after Denmark Euromax

The DHR team left Denmark without the silverware it probably deserved. Babington led the way with 3 2nd places in the heats and a win setting fastest lap in every race! Giving him grid 3 for final 1 he was pushed wide only to recover back to 3rd by the flag setting equal fastest time. With a good start for sure babington could have challeneged for victory yet another 1st corner crash out end to his race and hopes. Ross Wylie had an excellent final 1 backing Babington up all the way with a fine 4th place. With the DHR paired up on the 2nd row 3rd and 4th the same crash which wiped Babington out left Wylie out also in the gravel trap, he would resume but half a lap down. The 1st corner at Denmark proved to be very difficult and was Anotine Barthons nightmare also when he was victim of this corner at the start of the repercharge after starting p2. Having looked so strong it was a huge dissapointment not to even have a chance of racing past the 1st corner. We look on to the final round at Angerville.

On 14/09/2011

DHR Win Snr and 177 and 2nd in Mini at Buckmore S1

DHR Win Snr and 177 and 2nd in Mini at Buckmore S1

After a successful test the week prior to the Super 1 at Buckmore park the team were in confident but cautious mood. Having been super fast a previous races and not collecting victories they might the team were realsitic of their chances. In snr Rotax babington was on excellent form, qualfying 3rd overall and winning his final heat he took confidence into final 1. With a stunning driving display he went onto take victory. Final 2 saw him dominate the race untill a slow flag come out due to a stranded kart. At the restart a moments lapse in concentration let Brand ans Marshall through. they defended till the flag and this left Babington with a 3rd place. Excellent points for the championship and with brand pretty much won the race for 2nd is on. In Jnr Max Raoul Hyman backed up his Larkhall results with a 4th and 7th in the finals despite having a small problem which meant he couldnt challenge for the podium. Morgan was unlucky in final 1 and was taken out but in Final 2 drove a great race from the back to 9th. Williams showed spped yet having drove from last to just inside top 10 in final 1 was spun out and then didnt make it round the 1st haipin in final 2 so was left watching from the sidelines. Dave Wooder in mini max showed his true speed around Buckmore park with a fantastic meeting. Having qualified 4th he went on top record 5th In final 1 and then produce a stunning drive to take 2nd in final 2 pushing championship leading Ross Gun all the way to the flag. In 177 Tom Holland took pole position yet again in qualfying and this time back this up with a fine win in final 2 proving he can win the big races. Teamate Pyttlik finshed 4th consitently picking up championship points. With a

On 14/09/2011

Super 1 Larkhall- 2nd in Jnr Max

Super 1 Larkhall- 2nd in Jnr Max

It was the turn of Junior Max Raoul Hyman to shine at Larkhall. With a 2nd place at the club race the weekend before Hyman was enjoying the Larkhall circuit and he produced a good qualifying session and heats. With an excellent start in Final 1 Raoul amde wis way through to 2nd place and looked good for vicorty in final 2 until a 1st corner incident removed his chances of this. However Raouls progress is coming fast and the team feel he can develop well in the later rounds challenging for more wins. Ryan Morgan had a stunning performance with a 6th in final 1 and an excellent 5th in final 2 his season best meeting. In snr Rotax Babington qualified pole in timed practice but had engine issues in the finals meaing he could only manage 5th in final 2. Teamate Ross Wylie backed this up with 6th also best performance of the year for him. In 177 the team featured well with Holland and Pyttlik putting in good drives. Holland secured pole in qualifying also his 2nd of the year. Mini max man Dave Wooder showed progress with qualfying 6th and he was looking good for top 8 finishes yet a small mistake led to a crash and Dave was left wondering what might have been.

On 14/09/2011

Podiums, Fastest Laps at Rowrah S1

Podiums, Fastest Laps at Rowrah S1

In Rotax 177 Tom Holland produced a good drive in final 1 to take 2nd however with a crash at the start in final 2 leaving him watching from the sidelines it was over to teamate Tom Pyttlik to take the 2nd place spoils in Final 2. James Darch also making a good final in 6th. In Snr Rotax Babington qualified p2 and was aiming for podium finishes until he was involved in a 1st corner incident which saw him retire. teamte Slavin took opportunity and clinched a fine 3rd place in final 1 and backed this up with a 4th in final2 securing good points and his top positions of the year. Babington made an excellent final 2 rtace from last to 5th setting fastest lap along the way. He was left thinking what might have been. In junior max george Williams showed excellent pace setting fastest lap in final 1 but being turned around on the final corner from 6th place. The team come away from Rowrah dissapointed not to have come away with more silverware but happy with their drivers pace and improvements so look ahead to the next round.

On 14/09/2011

Wackersdorf Euromax goes well for DHR

Wackersdorf Euromax goes well for DHR

DHR's senior Rotax drivers all produced a fine display at the round 2 euromax event held at Wackersdorf Germany. After strong heats Shaun Slavin lined up grid 2 for the final with temates Wylie, Barthon and Babington not far behind. After an action packed race start the DHR quartet had work to do and so they did. At the finish Babington made progress to 5th with Slavin 6th Wylie 7th and Barthon 9th. 4 drivers in top 9 of a european event was a good effort and the team now look forward to round 3 at Thy Karting in Denmark.

On 14/09/2011

Double win at FKS for Williams

Double win at FKS for Williams

The Dan Holland Racing team descended on Rowrah this weekend for the Formula Kart Stars season opener. It was to prove a very successful Easter meeting for the team.

Front running Junior Max driver George Williams, who has endured dismal luck at the opening two
Super 1 meetings despite qualifying well at both, put these results firmly behind him to stamp his authority on the FKS championship and show his competitors what he's capable of with a superb double victory.

Despite not testing on the Friday due to prior holiday commitments the DHR driver quickly adapted to Saturdays wet weather conditions and took a convincing Final win of over 3 seconds ahead of a quality packed field. Sundays round 2 was sunny and proved even better for the Bridgnorth driver when he qualified pole, won both heats and went on to win the main final by nearly 8 seconds! George went on to say "Its been a near perfect weekend for me, I'd like to say thanks to DHR, Ogden and Peter Posh for all the help and support". George now sits at the head of the FKS championship and hopes to continue his winning form at the next round at Three Sisters.

Williams wasn't alone with the fine performances as new team driver Archie White drove a great weekend also in Jnr Max picking up big points for the championship and taking his first ever FKS podium position for 3rd place in Saturdays final. Despite being nearly 8 kilo over weight Archie went on to drive a solid round 2 on Sunday claiming 6th in the final.

Ash England also went well and finished an excellent 5th place on Saturday despite running 4th for most of the race. After qualifying 3rd on Sunday he had hoped for more of the same, but an incident packed day left him with a poor grid start for the final. He made solid progress ending 11th at the flag.

Mini Max driver Dave Wooder turned his undoubted speed into results this weekend qualifying pole for Saturdays final after a 7th and a heat win in tricky conditions. Wooder did a great job in the final despite having new wet tyres when everyone around had scrubbed wets from a previous heat, he managed to finish a fine 6th place. Sunday was filled with problems and it gave Wooder work to do in the final. He relished the challenge and drove a stormer up to 4th taking vital championship points at this early stage

On 27/04/2011

More Podiums at Shenington Super 1

More Podiums at Shenington Super 1

Tom Pyttlik stole the headlines for the DHR team at Shenington with a double podium. His first and second Super 1 podiums all in one meeting! 177 team driver James Darch had crossed the line in 3rd in final 1 but was underweight so was removed from the position. Babington and Slavin threatened right at the front of snr max yet incidents for both at the start of the final led to a disspointing result for both. Ryan Morgan made up for his Whilton mill troubles to record an excellent performance with a 6th in final 1 and 14th in final 2.

On 27/04/2011

Euromax Genk Promising Start

Euromax Genk Promising Start

The team endured a very promising start to the Euromax season despite not taking podiums in which the drivers surely deserved. Ross Wylie and Shaun Slavin had an excellent run in the heats and lined up grid 2 and 3 for the final. With Babington not too far behind also and Barthon having come through the repercharge the DHR drivers were sure to feature well. Yet the weather took a turn for the worse and heavy rain resulted. An incident packed final meant Wylie and Slavin fell down the order. Babington and Barthon made steady prgress and ended 7th and 12th by the flag. The teams speed was clear to see having won 3 heats and numerous 2nds and 3rds between them all. In junior max Ash England found himself well down the order in the repercharge but had a good drive up to 10th just running out of laps. Raoul Hyman faired well and made an excellent final finishing 10th in his un favoured wet conditions. The team looks forward to round 2 at Wackersdorf where hopefully the drivers can make up for their dissapointments from Genk.

On 27/04/2011

Podiums For DHR Duo At Super 1 Opener

Podiums For DHR Duo At Super 1 Opener

Podiums for Snr max driver Sean Babington and 177 driver Tom Holland were the team highlights from a very competitive Super 1 opener at the Whilton Mill circuit.
Babington gained a 3rd and 4th in the 2 finals giving him 3rd in the championship going into the next race.
Holland had a fine performance with a 3rd and a 2nd in the finals. Leaving Tom 2nd in the championship despite only having 2 test days prior to this meeting.
Junior drivers were full of speed and Williams threatened podium finishes with his speed but a fuel leak problem led to midfield finishes. Teamate Raoul Hyman also showed excellent pace but was involved in some incidents during sunday and results didnt go his way.
The team now looks forward to the 1st round of Euromax at the Belgian circuit of Genk.

On 27/04/2011

Williams Wins Whilton S1 Shakedown Meeting

Williams Wins Whilton S1 Shakedown Meeting

DHR Junior Max driver George Williams stunned all at the effective super 1 shakedown race at Whilton Mill this weekend. Williams dominated the day with fastest laps in 2 heats earning him a win and some top positions securing him pole position for the final ahead of the 44 strong field. In ultra tricky wet conditions and despite race long pressure from Sam Ward the Dan Holland Racing driver took a lights to flag victory controlling the race from the outset taking fastest lap in the final also. Williams spoke later:
“It’s been a great weekend for me, and I’m pleased to get this result at such an important time in the season. I now need to take this confidence forward to Super 1”
With only two weeks before the first round of Super 1 this result proves very timely and sends a clear message of intent to his championship rivals. Team owner Dan Holland was impressed with Williams’ performance “ George has progressed really well over winter testing and arrived at this weekend well prepared, his drive in the final impressed me and backs up his excellent performance at the Euro Max winter cup a few weeks ago”

On 02/03/2011

Aleksander Bosak joins DHR

Aleksander Bosak joins DHR

DHR are pleased to announce the signing of Polish driver Aleksander Bosak. The 17 year old makes up a strong DHR senior rotax lineup for the 2011 Euromax challenge. Aleksander's first outing will be at Genk round 1 of the Euromax challenge so watch this space for results to follow.


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On 01/03/2011

DHR say Bienvenue to Antoine Barthon

DHR say Bienvenue to Antoine Barthon

French Euromax competitor Antoine Barthon has made the switch to DHR for the 2011 season. Antoine will look to challenge for the 2011 Rotax Euromax championship having finished 5th and 8th in the past couple of years. Team owner Dan Holland is very excited by the signing of Antoine and looks forward to round 1 of the Euromax Challenge at Genk 30 March - 3rd April.

On 01/03/2011

Raoul Hyman opts DHR for 2011

Raoul Hyman opts DHR for 2011

Recently emigrated South African Junior Max Champion driver Raoul Hyman has chosen DHR as his team of choice for 2011. Following a successful test Raoul impressed team manager Dan Holland with his on track speed and his off track attitude. Raoul will be competing in the Junior Max Super 1 championship and hopefully some Euromax events. Watch this space for results to follow....

On 01/03/2011

Dave Wooder signs for DHR

Dave Wooder signs for DHR

Vice British Honda Cadet 2010 champion Dave Wooder has made the switch to Minimax for 2011 and has signed to the DHR team. Despite only being 11 years old and a tiny figure of a driver Dave hopes to progress well into the minimax category and challenge for top results very soon. The team welcome Dave and are looking forward to getting to work on track.

On 01/03/2011

Ryan Morgan takes 2nd at PF thriller

Ryan Morgan takes 2nd at PF thriller

DHR minimax driver Ryan Morgan made the switch to the Junior max category for 2011 and started his campaign with instant success at the highly competitive PF circuit in February. Ryan was on pace all weekend and drove a stunning final to take 2nd place ahead of a super 1 packed field. Ryan now hopes to take this speed and result forward into the rest of the 2011 season.

On 01/03/2011

Vice Euromax Winter Cup Champions for DHR

Vice Euromax Winter Cup Champions for DHR

Last week DHR the official UK Alonso Kart race team descended to the Spanish race circuit of Campillos, Malaga for the annual Euromax Winter Cup. Representing DHR colours in Senior Rotax were drivers Sean Babington, Jack Dex and George Williams.
With some special prizes on offer of sponsored entries for the main Euro max races the entry was extremely competitive. The trio went on to do the UK proud and were to record some stunning results!
In qualiyfying the ever impressive Sean Babington posted the 2nd fastest time with last year’s winter cup vice champion Jack Dex not far behind recording 6th. Yet the senior max debutant George Williams was to suffer electrical problems and could only manage 36th.
The heats were mixed and despite fastest laps and heat wins incidents led to poor pre final grids for all the drivers. The un-lucky Williams found himself pole in the Re-percharge, yet this was to produce fantastic controlled lights to flag victory putting him onto the rear of the pre final grid.
With incidents at the start of the pre final Babington and Williams had work to do from the back of the 34 driver strong pack. Wasting no time they raced up to 7th and 8th respectively with Babington posting fastest time some 2ths quicker than anyone else. Williams also fast posting 3rd fastest time. Meanwhile Dex drove a solid race ending 4th giving him a good grid for the main final.
The grand final was as tense as they come with Babington on a mission, soon after the start he raced into 3rd postion and in hot pursuit of the breakaway lead pair. Only a few laps later he caught and passed the 2 drivers to lead with 3 laps to go. A thrilling last lap climaxed as Babington defended hard into the last corner to preserve his lead, a slow exit onto the finish straight meant Austrian driver Ferenc Kancsar drew along side with a drag race to the line the pair crossed together. The Austrian driver declared the winner by 0.001 (thousandth) of a second! An incredible finish leaving Babington as Vice Winter cup Champion 2011. Back to back runners up for the past 2 years now!
Dex and Williams endured a race long battle and finished an impressive 6th and 7th. Williams on his Senior European debut impressed team manager Dan Holland “George has been incredible; to drive through the field to 7th in his 1st senior race is fantastic. I expect good things from him this year. Jack Dex has done great on his European karting return also, I’m very proud to have all 3 drivers finish in the top 7”
The team now looks forward to a busy schedule of testing and racing before the UK Super 1 opener at Whilton Mill 12-13 March. Swiftly followed by the Euromax round 1 opener at the terrific Belgium track of Genk 30 March- 3 April.
DHR would like to say a special thanks to Steve and the team at Ogden Motorsport for the top engines! As well as Tillett Seats, Silkolene Oil and Freem.
The team still has a couple of drives left for both Super 1, Euromax and FKS championships. So for anyone interested in racing with DHR please contact Dan direct on +44 7960047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk. The team also would like to remind drivers of the chance to test the latest 2011 Alonso kart and they already have 2011 team karts for sale as well as NEW in stock now! Visit www.danhollandracing.co.uk for more details.

On 01/03/2011

NEW 2011 FA Kart has arrived!!!!

NEW 2011 FA Kart has arrived!!!!

Yes the 2011 Alonso kart has arrived. The 2011 model features the all new OTK round and chrome steering wheel. Also new for 2011 is the radically changed sticker set with a more striking design the Alonso kart will be ensured of standing out from the rest on the grid. With other small cosmetic changes the kart will be every much as fast as before if not better! The official Alonso DHR team have karts in stock so dont delay in ordering your 2011 kart.

On 25/11/2010

More Podiums At Wigan S1 Finale

More Podiums At Wigan S1 Finale

The final round of Super 1 at Three Sisters Wigan produced another fine Jnr Max performance for the DHR team. The team proved quick throughout testing and backed this up with a stunning qualifying performance. Sean Babington produced a string of fast laps to secure pole position whilst teamate George Williams stunned rivals with 3rd fastest time overall. The drivers did well in the heats also giving them top starting positions for the finals. Babington secured 2nd in the main final whilst Williams slipped to mid order with an engine problem.
In 177 Tom Holland was on pace all weekend in a very close fought race he managed 4th place just missing out on the podium that would have seen him take 5th in the championship. Teamate Tom Pyttlik achieved his weekends goal which was to secure 7th in the championship.
In Snr Max Raoul Owens impressed on his debut at the tricky Three Sisters circuit setting some very fast lap times. An incident packed final left him at the rear end of the field but a positive meeting none the less. Jack Dex's Super 1 comeback proved difficult as his foot injuries prevented him to set the pace he wanted to. Jack had to settle for midfield positions in both finals.
Team Minimax driver James Walkington continued to set fast laps throughout the weekend and ran well in the finals and ended his season on a positive note with some top 20 positions.

On 10/11/2010

O Plate- so close yet so far!

O Plate- so close yet so far!

The Rotax O Plate at Rowrah was a story of what might have been for the DHR team. So close to winning three O plates yet 2nd and 3rd counts for nothing at these meetings!
In Junior Max Sean Babington and George Williams gridded 1,2 for the final following great heats. However Babington was to suffer an electrical problem on the rolling lap and after initially taking the lead had to pull in with the problem getting worse. Williams therefore took up the challenge and briefly led. After slipping to 2nd he pushed hard and although he could not catch the race leader, pulled well clear of 3rd position giving him the runner up spot and title of Vice British Open Champion 2010.
In Snr Max Jack Dex made his return following a three month layoff with a broken leg,ankle and foot! Despite no testing Dex was soon up to speed and although a little rusty in the heats he found himself 3rd position closing in on the leaders with four laps to go. Just as he caught the two leaders disaster struck and his Ogden powered engine let go. Dex's dream return was ended early. However he already is itching to get back out for the Wigan Super 1 in a couple of weeks time.
In 177 max Tom Holland had been strong all day, with three 3rds in the heats and equal fastest laps the final was going to be very close. After several changes of lead Tom found himself 2nd on the leaders bumper when a small mistake led to 3rd place man Justin Edgar making his move past. The two worked together to give them selves one last chance at victory on the last corner the three were side by side yet Tom was unable to take the advantage and crossed the line 3rd. Tom Pyttlik improved throughout the day and finished a creditable 5th.
In Minimax Ryan Morgan stuggled for pace in the heats, but the team never stopped working and come the final Ryan was showing his speed again. It all came too late and Ryan was unable to catch the leaders and so battled hard finishing a solid 5th at the flag.
The team now has a two week break before testing towards the Three Sisters Super 1 final round.

On 15/09/2010

Euromax Genk Victory for DHR

Euromax Genk Victory for DHR

The DHR team closed round 4 of the Euro Rotax Challenge with a stunning victory in the Senior Rotax class.

UK Junior Max star Sean Babington made his International debut, but due to the age regulations in the Euro Max Challenge he had to enter in the Senior Rotax category. Amongst some 70 senior drivers with some very big names from the UK and abroad Sean wasn’t to be phased. If the step up to Senior Rotax wasn’t enough Sean had no experience of using front brakes, Mojo tyres or having ever raced at Genk before.

Team manager Dan commented “He could have easily been forgiven for a steady performance. However there’s nothing steady about Babington when it comes to racing.” It soon became clear during open testing that he was going to be one of the front runners posting consistent fast laps. Qualifying went well with Babington posting the 4th fastest time overall, and having set several fast laps in a row his race pace looked good also.

With 3 strong heats finishes Babington gridded up 3rd for the pre-final. Having set 2 fastest laps in the heats he was in confident mood and after a race long battle going right down to the final corner he crossed the line 2nd at the flag again setting fastest lap.

The nerves then started to set in, a grid 2 start for the grand final wasn’t ideal as the outside row was tricky. Babington managed the start well and hung on round the outside and came out from the important first corner in 2nd. After a tense few laps Babington caught the leader made his move and set about pulling a small gap. Despite constant pressure from the pack behind they were unable to catch the Alonso DHR driver. Babington recorded an amazing debut Euro Rotax Challenge victory to the delight his team.

“I was hoping for a top 10 finish when we entered the meeting. I was so nervous before the final. To actually win is fantastic and words can’t describe this”, comments Babington, “I’d like to thank Dan from DHR for this opportunity and everyone at Ogden Motorsport for the engines and of course my Dad and family at home who supported me all the way!”

Dan explains “Sean drove a near perfect weekend, in my view he got the result he and the team deserved”.

Other Snr driver at Genk Shaun Carter was close to the pace and featured 7th in the prefinal before an incident dropped him down the order. He was unable to make the stunning start required in the main final and so finished a creditable midfield placing.
Raoul Owens had shown some excellent pace on Wednesday mornings open testing, however engine gremlins were to prevent the talented driver from progressing out of the repercharge. The team have now got to the bottom of these problems so expect Raoul to be fighting at the front at the next meeting.
In Junior Max George Williams had shown plently of promise in the heats with a 3rd, 9th and whilst running 3rd in his final heat was involved in a last lap incident which saw him finish 20th. This meant a mid grid start for the pre final, an incident in this meant progress was steady and he had to come from grid 16 for the main final. After an initial good start his pace wasn't there and he was pushed wide losing vital time and positions. He was unable to recover from this and couldnt make the top 10 he deserved as a minimum. The team now looks forward to the next Euro International Open meeting at Zuera end of October.

On 15/09/2010

Strong Results & Podiums at Shenington Super 1

Strong Results & Podiums at Shenington Super 1

Round 6 of Super 1 took place at Shenington, Banbury. The DHR team featured well in all classes represented. In Mini max both Ryan Morgan and James Walkington found themselves in the B final despite showing good speed in the heats. Walkington went onto win the B final with Morgan 4th. However a last lap incident saw Morgan get a 1 place penalty meaning his day was over and he couldn't progress to the A finals. Walkington made an excellent 1st final coming from grid 29 to finish a personal best 6th in an action packed wet race. In the 2nd final although Walkington slipped down the order he posted a fastest lap within 1th of the fastest lap of the race. A very good result for the Colchester driver.
In Junior Max Sean Babington showed his potential qualifying pole postion in timed practice. However engine problems in the heats led to a grid 11 start for final 1. From here he made great progress and finished a storng 2nd by the flag having also set fastest lap. In Final 2 the battle was close at the front and Babington was unable to get away. In the closing stages he slipped to 3rd where he would finish. 2 Podiums gives good points for the championship and he now looks forward to a championship showdown at the final round. Teammate George Williams won his first heat setting fastest lap on the way but a crash in the 2nd heat left him grid 9 for the main final. A crash on the first corner of this left him down the order and unable to make much headway. Williams made an excellent start to the 2nd final reaching the top 7, but a lack of pace led to Williams falling down the order to 14th.
In Snr Max new team driver driver Raoul Owens hadn't visited the Shenington track before and found testing tough, however come the finals Raoul made improvements finishing the first final a respectable 18th. With a few adjustments and some coaching from team manager Dan, Raoul drove a fantastic 2nd final running 7th for the majority of the race until a last lap incident pushed him down to 10th. Considering his best Super 1 result previously was 19th this was some result on his DHR team debut.
In 177 Tom Holland was on the pace but with the small yet quality grid so closely matched it was difficult to make any impression. Tom hung in there and in the 2nd final clinched 5th place on the last corner. A good result. Teammate Tom Pyttlik finsihed a strong 8th also in the main final. The team now looks forward to the final round at Three Sister Wigan in early October.

On 15/09/2010

Raoul Owens Signs for DHR

Raoul Owens Signs for DHR

International racer Raoul Owens has joined the DHR team in an aim to further his karting career. Raoul will be racing Senior Rotax in the UK Super 1 Series and the Euro Rotax Challenge. Raoul has shown signs of excellent promise over the year and hopes to turn his obvious potential into some top results. Watch this space...

On 15/09/2010

Kartmasters GP Glory for DHR and Babington

Kartmasters GP Glory for DHR and Babington

The Kartmasters at PFI is the biggest single race on the season’s calendar. It is one of the major titles every driver wants to win. The DHR team was in confident mood after lots of testing over the last couple of months the drivers were hungry for success.
In Junior Max front running drivers Sean Babington and George Williams would spearhead the assault. In timed practiced Babington continued his stunning form securing pole by nearly 2ths of a second. Williams qualified 7th in group, despite not finding ideal track position. The heats were tough and Babington had a 2nd and a 3rd gridding him 4th for Final 1. Williams lined up 10th and was hopeful for a good start. Babington was at the sharp end all the way through and secured 3rd at the flag behind Matt Parry and current GP plate Ash Hand, he also set fastest lap so knew he had the speed for the grand final. A penalty for Parry moved him to 3rd and Babington to 2nd. Williams featured in the top 10 throughout the race but fell to 9th at the flag. Again the speed was there so with a little luck he hoped he could challenge for top 6 in the main final.
The team made a few setup changes to the duo in the aim to find more speed for the main final. These changes seemed to pay off as Babington hit the front after 2 laps and after a tense couple of minutes he started to settle in to his rhythm and stretch away to eventually take a massive victory by over 7 seconds! A stunning performance against a class field. Meanwhile teammate Williams was having a race long battle with the front runners and after driving a fantastic race he ended 4th his seasons best result and a top drive to give the DHR team a dominant 1st and 4th place.
Babington now wears the GP plate on his kart for his remaining races in the Jnr Max class and now simply aims to finish as high as possible in the Super 1 championship.
In 177 the DHR duo of Tom Holland and Tom Pyttlik were strong all weekend and both drove a superb final. Holland was aiming for glory yet a poor first final led to a grid 6 start. This left just too much ground to be made up on race leader Lucas Orrock. Despite closing in during the later stages of the race the gap was too big and Tom settled for 2nd. Pyttlik drove a stunner and stormed through from grid 7 to take 3rd, the final podium place and his best result of his racing career.
In Minimax Ryan Morgan and James Walkington featured well in the heats with Walkington finishing an excellent 8th in both 1st and 2nd finals! By far his drive of his life and hopefully the start of good things to come! Morgan was terribly unlucky and suffered engine problems in Final 1 whilst running 6th. He fell back down the order and then in Final 2 he was caught up in a massive 1st corner crash ending his race there and then.
So a successful kartmasters with a 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,6th and a 8th across the classes. A demonstration of the teams performance

On 04/08/2010

Super 1 Larkhall Positives

Super 1 Larkhall Positives

There was no time for the team to rest following their European tour as Super 1 awaited at the Larkhall circuit Scotland. Sean Babington 3rd in the championship looked to close the gap on the top 2 and stamped down his intentions qualifying 2nd in timed practice. Teamate Williams who had been strong in testing only managed 18th yet he was confident his race pace would show through. Following mixed heats the duo gridded midpack for final 1. A first lap crash for both drivers led to Babington returning to pits eventually coming back on track but 2 laps down. Williams recovered somewhat to 21st. Final 2 was a special race for Babington who drove through the field from grid 30 to 3rd with 2 laps to go his amazing drive was cruelly ended with a rash move from championship leader Matt Parry. Parry received the black flag for this and was later excluded from the result. Babington couldn’t continue and was escorted to the ambulance with a suspected broken arm. Fortunately no serious damage was done to the driver just to the championship position. Williams also on a mission arrived in 7th by the flag but was later penalised for a move earlier in the race was later classified 18th.
177 driver Tom Holland led the attack for DHR. Following a grid 15 start he ran as high as 4th in the first final until a puncture, which led to a flat tyre, pushed him down to 9th. Final 2 saw him drive through to 6th yet the front 5 were already away and with no one able to make a move in front Tom couldn’t close the gap so had to settle for 6th. Tom Pyttlik suffered with engine gremlins all weekend and despite many changes these didn’t disappear. If this problem can be sorted he will be strong at Kartmasters at a track he knows well.
Mini max man Ryan Morgan in his rookie year improved throughout the weekend and despite never seeing Larkhall circuit until Friday morning raced to a fine 12th in final 1. Final 2 Ryan progressed to 8th yet 2 laps from the end he was pushed wide falling back to 11th where he would eventually finish. Still a fine performance considering his experience. James Walkington didn’t quite get to grips with the Larkhall circuit and with an underpowered engine he was unable to make the main final. He will look forward to PF Kartmasters next week where he has shown strong signs in recent meetings.

On 02/08/2010

5th for Williams at Euromax Austria

5th for Williams at Euromax Austria

Round 3 of the Euromax Challenge saw the team travel to the A1 Speedworld circuit in Austria. The DHR Euromax team somewhat depleted due to a few driver changes and injuries to Snr drivers David Sutton and Jack Dex. This left Tom Holland (Masters) and George Williams (Jnr Max) to take up the challenge. Both drivers duly did this and in the Masters class Tom Holland qualified pole in timed practice. He then backed this up with 3 heat wins out of 3! The 1st final didn’t go quite to plan as most of his rivals opted to use their 2nd allocated set of new tyres Tom decided to save his for the main final confident his pace on used tyres would be enough. Unfortunately he was shuffled back at the start and despite setting fastest lap and closing in on the race leader he had to settle for 2nd at the flag. With new tyres for the main final and a front row start Tom was still confident yet things didn’t go to plan. The outside grid led to a poor start and he soon found himself back in 6th. After re composing himself he battled hard and recovered to 3rd yet the kart was not fast and he wasn’t able to push hard. By the end of the race he fell to 6th where he would finish. The new tyres appeared not to work as Tom had lost over 0.5 seconds per lap in the main final! However it was later discovered a broken pressure gauge which was reading incorrectly led to the pressures being set lower than required by over 4 psi. A sad end to a great European debut for Tom.
Jnr Max front runner George Williams was making his 2nd appearance on foreign soil this year following his debut at the season opener at Campillos Spain where he finished 11th. Williams showed good pace during testing and backed this up with qualifying 3rd in group and 7th overall. This then led to heat results of 3rd,3rd and 5th. Giving George grid 5 for the pre final he duly converted this to 5th by the flag. With new tyres and an inside grid for the grand final George was confident he could run at the front. He did just this running in 3rd and even challenging the front 2 for some time. A poor move ahead meant George was held up a little and the drivers behind caught up. This led to some tough battling and Williams was up to the challenge. He crossed the line in a fantastic 5th a great performance against an international field.
The team look forward to the next Euromax round held in Genk Belgium where we expect a couple of new names to be joining the DHR race team. Watch this space!!!!

On 02/08/2010

Buckmore Super 1- more Podiums

Buckmore Super 1- more Podiums

DHR enjoyed a great weekend at the latest Rotax Super 1 championship at Buckmore Park. Following on from his Round 2 Super 1 Rowrah victory and pole position at Round 3 at Whilton Mill Junior Max driver Sean Babington once again proved he was a serious title contendor with a string of top drives. After a close qualyfying session Sean posted the 2nd fastest time leading to front row starts for the heats. In the qualifying heats Sean converted this into a 1st and a 2nd position therefore giving Sean a 2nd position start for the 1st final. Due to a collision following a very fast start Sean lost ground and initally fell to 3rd. However his speed meant he quickly took 2nd and set off in pursuit of race leader Matt Parry. Although the gap closed Sean was unable to make a serious challenge deciding to save his tyres and efforts for the 2nd final.
Once again at the start of the main final Sean was knocked back and had to re group. He soon regained 2nd position back and started once again to close the gap to race long leader Matt Parry. Yet the gap was too big and Sean had to settle for 2nd. Sean commented "Although i'd love to have won its still been an excellent weekend for me, i'd like to thank Dan of DHR and Ogden motorsport for all their help this year so far" With some good championship points gained this moves Sean into a strong championship position with some of his favoured tracks still to come.

With DHR Senior Max driver Jack Dex breaking his leg a week before the Buckmore race this meant he couldnt take part so 2009 British vice Super 1 KF2 champion Shaun Carter stepped in as a guest driver for his first ever race in Rotax and first race since 2009. Shaun soon got to grips wth the class posting the 2nd fastest time of the weekend in Saturday mornings practice. Qualifying didnt go quite aswell, but still a very creditable 10th. Shaun expains "the parc ferme tyre wasnt as good as our test tyres so we had to work hard to set the kart up and adjust my driving style to get the most out of it" After a 12th in Final 1 and a few chassis changes Shaun was in confident mood for final 2. Following an excellent start from the outside row Shaun progressed his way through the field finishing an excellent 5th place by the flag! An outstanding performance since Shaun hasnt raced this year and was a little out of practice with not having front brakes as with previous years.

DHR would like to extend their thanks and apprecitaion to all their drivers for a great season so far. Also our thanks goes to Steve and the team at Ogden Motorsport for the excellent engines! The next stop for the DHR team is the 3rd round of the Euro Rotax challenge at Speedworld Austria.

On 06/07/2010

Euromax Wackersdorf Rd2

Euromax Wackersdorf Rd2

Jack Barlow was very fast during testing in the dry and backed this form up with 3 heat wins out of 3 giving him pole for final 1. The rain came and despite leading most if final 1 Jack couldnt hang on and fell back to 7th. With the weather clearing and the track drying the 2nd final looked all set to be slicks yet whilst on the grid the rain came and it was to be wets again. Jack was unable to make inroads to the leading pack and again finsihed just outside the top 6. A dissapoiting end to such a promising week.
Ross Wylie and Jack Dex featured well in the heats with a 6th, four 3rds and a heat win between them. They grided 5th and 6th for final 1. Ross stormed away with the top 4 drivers and once in 3rd he chased down the leading pair setting fastest lap before the flag. Jack Dex retired from the race whilst in 5th due to a mechanical issue. The 2nd final was a tricky affair with all but 4 drivers chosing wets despite this the track dried and it was a case of drivers managing the wets best on the dry track. A red flag brought the race to an early end and at the flag Wylie was 9th and Dex 17th.

On 06/07/2010

FKS Whilton 2nd for Barlow

FKS Whilton 2nd for Barlow

Jack Barlow enjoyed an excellent weekend at Whilton Mill FKS. He secured 2nd place in the daturday meeting and followed this up with another 2nd place in the Sundays final. This now puts Jack back in title contention and looks forward to the next round at GYG.

On 06/07/2010

Podium for Holland at Whilton Super 1

Podium for Holland at Whilton Super 1

Team 177 driver Tom Holland was on good form at Whilton and took his seasons best result with a podium in final 2.
Jack Dex was outstandly fast at his home round yet 1st corner crashes led to poor starts, however in final 2 he moved his way to 3rd before a last lap battle endes his podium hopes and he finished 8th at the flag. Dex set fastest lap in the heat and final by over 3ths.
Sean Babington qualifyed 2nd overall and followed this up with 2 heat wins giving him pole for final 1. Although confident engine problems were to lead to a dissapointing 6th and 7th in the finals.
New Mini max James Walkington qualified 5th overall in very wet conditions. He backed this up with a 4th and a 3rd in his heats. A stunning start which give him grid 5 for the final. The finals didnt go as hoped with a lack of dry testing due to the last minute signing of James the team couldnt perfect James engine setup and he struggled for power.

On 06/07/2010

Mini Max driver James Walkington joins DHR

Mini Max driver James Walkington joins DHR

Mini Max driver James Walkington has made the switch to the Alonso DHR team for the remaining part of the 2010 season. The team look forward to welcoming James for his first meeting at Whilton Mill Super 1. Dan is confident that James will benefit from the teams experince and James will teamate Ryan Morgan in the minimax class.

On 06/07/2010

Babington wins Rowrah Super 1

Babington wins Rowrah Super 1

DHR Jnr Max driver Sean Babington has a fantastic weekend at Rowrah Super Rd2. Sean took 4th in final 1 but went even better in the main final. Andy king managed to pull out a big lead which left Jack Marshall and Babington with work to do in order to catch the leader. Over several laps the pair worked together and caught the race leader. Babington managed to hit the front with 2 laps to go and with several last lap position changes he crossed the line 1st to take the victory. This result puts Sean in a strong position now in the championship.
Jack Dex featured well in Snr Max with a 5th in final 1 and a 4th in final 2.
Ross Wylie was super fast all weekend, he qualified 2nd overall in snr max but suffered 1 bad heat leading to a midfield grid for final 1. He recovered to take 9th in final 1 and then a strong 6th in final 2.

On 06/07/2010

Euromax Salbris RD 1

Euromax Salbris RD 1

Ross Wylie was amongst the top performers at the Euromax rd1 held in Salbris France. With some good heats he raced to 4th place in both finals. The top 4 drivers broke away from the field in both but he Ross was unable to find the move which would have put him on the podium.

On 06/07/2010

Good start for Jnrs at PF Super 1 opener

Good start for Jnrs at PF Super 1 opener

Jnr max man Sean Babington had an excellent 4th in final 1 yet engine problems led to a dissapointing final 2. Meanwhile jnr teamate George Williams featured well and finished 7th in tghe 1st final before running as high as 3rd in the 2nd final ending 6th overall. Also setting fastest lap in final 1!
Tom Pyttlik had his best super 1 finishes with two 4th places in the finals. Big points towards his championship campaign.

On 06/07/2010

Team Chassis Sale!!!!!!!

Team Chassis Sale!!!!!!!

2009 and 2010 Ex Team Chassis sale bonanza. Prices have been slashed on these ex team driver karts. A large selection of karts available with varying meetings done from 2-10! All karts come complete with Full FA sticker kit, OTK seat, Mag wheels and all usual OTK mag components. All karts run with chassis protectors from new and maintained to highest standard. Prices start from just £1400 no vat! Call soon to avoid dissapointment. Contact Dan on 07960 047810.

On 03/03/2010

Double Euromax winter Cup VICE Champions!!!

Double Euromax winter Cup VICE Champions!!!

Dan Holland Racing’s drivers have put themselves into contention to lift this year’s Euro Max Challenge after a series of encouraging performances at the season-opening Winter Cup, held at Campillos in Spain last week (10-14 February).

Despite being debutants on the international stage, Jack Barlow and Jack Dex both left the Spanish circuit as vice-champions in their respective classes. Team-mates George Williams, Ross Wylie, Aaron Head and David Sutton also figured strongly. Unfortunately, Ryan Denton contracted a severe throat infection, preventing him from taking part in the racing.

Formula Renault racer Sutton almost completed a sensational return to karting in the senior final and vied for a podium place. In a close-fought run to the chequered flag, he was running in 3rd place but a last lap tangle dropped him to an eventual 5th.

“It was very satisfying to see him come back and be so fast and competitive. Hopefully it’s whetted his appetite for some more outings – if he can fit them around his Formula Renault UK commitments.”

Having won the senior pre-final, Ross Wylie was another DHR driver vying for overall victory. A slight mistake cost him a podium place, but Dan remained upbeat: “It was another good European performance from Ross and had this been the opening round of the Euro Max, he would have left as the championship leader.”

Arguably causing the biggest shock of the weekend was Aaron Head’s “coming of age” - as his team boss put it. After making it a DHR 1-2 in the pre-final (by finishing behind Wylie), Aaron’s stellar weekend came undone in the feature race. Another driver making his first foray into international competition, he was looking good for a top 10 finish, until an over-optimistic overtaking manoeuvre by another driver knocked him off the circuit.

“It was a disappointing end to a great performance,” rued Holland. “But on balance, for his first international meeting, he was outstanding.”

“First time out, at this level – 2nd was brilliant!” was how Dan summarized Jack Dex’s drive in the final. Showing bags of character to overcome technical problems in qualifying, mixed fortunes in the heats and a crash in the pre-final, Jack drove around the problem of a far from perfect kart and showed that he will be a factor in 2010.

In the junior ranks, Jack Barlow’s first appearance in Europe was met with much anticipation and he didn’t disappoint. “Jack drove perfectly all day,” Dan observed. “It was a tough race for him, but he stuck to his guns and showed experience that he doesn’t actually have. He was the talk of the paddock after winning the pre-final and had he not been held up in the final, I think he stood a good chance of winning.”

Jack’s team-mate, George Williams also starred. “He was 7th on the grid for the main final and looked capable of bringing home a top 6 finish. Unfortunately he was a little too cautious and finished in 11th but I saw superb potential and he’s very positive and excited after Campillos.”

The team commences its domestic season on 20/21 March at the opening round of the British Super 1 Rotax championship at PFi.

For more information on the 2010 Alonso kart, or to arrange a track test call Dan Holland on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk

You can also keep up to date with the team’s latest news and results by visiting www.danhollandracing.co.uk


FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS & IMAGES
Please contact Adam Jones at 100cc PR – 01702 390348 / 0781 8061503 / onehundredpr@yahoo.co.uk / www.100ccpr.co.uk

17 February 2010

On 22/02/2010

DHR's Euro Season starts now!

DHR's Euro Season starts now!

Since its inception in 2009, the Rotax Winter Cup has become the popular curtain raiser to the Euro Max series - and this year, Dan Holland Racing is fielding an exciting line-up.

Making their European debuts at this week’s (10-14 February) event are the team’s two Junior drivers, Jack Barlow and George Williams. In the Senior ranks, DHR has five very talented drivers in Ross Wylie, Ryan Denton, Jack Dex, Aaron Head and Formula BARC Renault returnee, David Sutton.

Speaking from the trackside in Spain, team owner Dan Holland says: “All the lads are capable of challenging for trophies. Jack Dex is fast, as is Ryan who has been very quick in testing. Ryan is making his international debut but has had a lot of success at home, the experience of which I’m sure he’ll draw upon this week. Ross has competed in several European meetings before and came third at Salbris (in France) last year. He should be really strong here (at Campillos)”.

He adds, “David won at this level when he was in Juniors and has done a lot of testing in readiness for his return to karting. I wouldn’t be surprised if he caused an upset. Aaron will be fired-up after finishing second at PFi last weekend, against very strong competition. He won’t hang about either – he’ll be quick”.

Although his two youngest drivers will make their international bows at Campillos, Dan is confident that they won’t be overawed: “Jack (Barlow) faces a big challenge. He’s still settling in to the team and last week’s club race was very tough for him. But, he didn’t lose his head and we all put 100% into it. He ended up with a top ten finish, and in the middle part of the race he was one of the fastest men on the track. He’ll be good, no doubt.

“George is a very smooth driver and I think the European style of racing will suit him. I think he could do very well and should fit into the top ten – precisely where, is up to him.”

There is a certain irony that a sleepy little town of just 8,000 inhabitants should boast one of Europe’s largest and most exciting kart tracks. However, Campillos - described by former Grand Prix ace Martin Brundle as the karting equivalent of a Grand Prix circuit - has firmly established itself as the spiritual home of the Rotax Winter Cup.

The event gets underway on Wednesday (10/2/2010) with free practice. Timed qualifying will take place on Friday before the heats on Saturday and Sunday’s all important finals.

Go to www.rgmmc.com and click on the ‘RGMMC Live Timing’ button to follow the team’s fortunes throughout the event.

For more information on the 2010 Alonso kart, or to arrange a track test call Dan Holland on 07960 047810 or email dan@danhollandracing.co.uk

You can also keep up to date with the team’s latest news and results by visiting www.danhollandracing.co.uk


FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS & IMAGES
Please contact Adam Jones at 100cc PR – 01702 390348 / 0781 8061503 / onehundredpr@yahoo.co.uk / www.100ccpr.co.uk

8 February 2010

On 22/02/2010

DHR’s new signing in top three of fifty future stars

DHR’s new signing in top three of fifty future stars

A week after he was identified as one of last year’s best kart racers, Jack Barlow has been predicted to “cause a stir” amongst British motor racing’s brightest talents.

In its annual ‘Fast Fifty’ of “drivers who will hit the headlines in 2010”, Motorsport News has put him in its top three of rising stars.

Explaining Jack’s inclusion on the prestigious list, Dan McCalla - the highly respected weekly newspaper’s karting editor - said “[Jack] has done enough to prove himself as a real talent in the making. His dominant performance in the Mini Max Kart Masters final in August showed his ability to control a race. He then proved it wasn’t a one-off by winning the Formula Kart Stars championship, with seven podiums out of nine.”

Dan Holland, team boss of DHR says “This is just further evidence of why I wanted Jack in the team. He has real quality and it is great to see that recognised by MN. We are all very excited and can’t wait to get out there and race.”

Unfortunately, Jack’s preparations for the new season have been affected by the recent snow. He was due to compete at the ultra-fast Shenington circuit near Banbury this weekend (9-10 January), but the event has had to be cancelled on safety grounds.

This leaves him with just four weeks to ready himself for his international debut; in the Rotax Winter Cup at Campillos near Malaga, Spain (10-14 February).

Before then however, he will attend Autosport International - the world’s largest and most important motor racing show – to collect his trophy for winning the Formula Kart Stars championship, and make an exciting sponsorship announcement.

More information on that will follow soon!

In the interim, you can keep up to speed with Jack’s career by visiting www.jackbarlow.co.uk

On 13/01/2010

Barlow signs for DHR!!!

Barlow signs for DHR!!!

Jack Barlow graduates to Junior Max with DHR

Mini Max star Jack Barlow has joined the team for the 2010 season

We are pleased to welcome Jack who will join George Williams and Sean Babington for the team’s assault on the Formula Kart Stars and Rotax Euro Challenge titles.

“Due to his race-winning experience, Jack will lead our efforts at home and abroad. Albeit that it is a different class, with different characteristics in the karts, engines and tyres, but Jack has experience of running at the front,” said the team’s owner, Dan Holland.

“It will be tough,” he added. “Jack will be up against older and more experienced drivers, although I don’t think he’ll be bullied around the track. He won’t be intimidated easily and we want him to be in with a chance of winning trophies straight away.”

After switching to a DHR-supplied Alonso chassis, the Hastings-based driver attracted Dan’s attention with a string of impressive drives. He says, “Jack’s performance at Kart Masters was outstanding. For me, that’s where he came of age. He was aggressive, decisive, clever and very mature. He’s an exceptional talent and with a little nurturing, will develop into a phenomenal driver. He is a very exciting prospect and I’m delighted to welcome him. We have high expectations – we want a title next year.”

Jack said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Dan and Leon (McDonald). They have a lot of experience and this is an exciting new chapter in my career. Everyone has made me very welcome and I hope that we can have a lot of success together.”

Jack will make his DHR debut in a club meeting at Buckmore Park on 20 December

On 15/12/2009

DHR & Dex win again at PF!!!!

DHR & Dex win again at PF!!!!

At another busy PF club meeting the DHR team dominated affairs in snr max. With 4 snr DHR Alonso drivers the standard was high! In the 1st heat the team drivers did excellent finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd on track! Coming into the final the 4 drivers grided up all on the inside in 1,3,5,7th places! It was new man Shaun Carter who held pole in his first ever snr max race! He led the final away but was closely followed by other DHR drivers Dex, Denton and Wylie. The final turned into an epic race with 3 different DHR drivers leading at some point. Carters race was pretty much ended whilst 2nd to Dex an over ambitious move from the 4th place man took him out ending his chances of a win. After a long battle DHR driver Jack Dex come out on top again securing back to back wins at the PF track. Ross Wylie ended 4th and Ryan Denton 7th having been involved in an incident earlier on. Cater recovered to 11th.

On 13/12/2009

Another Podium for Magee

Another Podium for Magee

The DHR team was out in force at the last whilton mill club meeting of the year. In snr max Magee come out the lead DHR driver backing up his fine debut win the previous meeting with an excellent 2nd position amongst a quality field of drivers. Ross Wylie put in a strong performance finishing 5th overall. Local man Jack Dex had been setting the pace saturday and also sunday morning however a number of on track incidents meant he had a day to forget.

On 13/12/2009

Magee Wins at Kimbolton to continue DHR winning streak!

Magee Wins at Kimbolton to continue DHR winning streak!

Alex Magee gained his first victory in only his 3rd Snr Max race at the Kimbolton circuit in November. Magee was fast all day Saturday during the dry testing, however Sunday started off wet and he gained a 2nd and in heat 1 but an off in heat 2 meant 12th was the best he could do. Gridded 4th for the final he made a decent start but soon got pushed over the grass at the chicane and back to 9th. His next lap he found luck on his side and avoided a crash ahead of him and came out 4th! He soon powered through to 2nd and set about catching the leader. Within 3 laps he caught and passed the leader and pulled away to win by over 3 seconds setting fastest lap in the process by over 3ths! A great way to win your first snr race and his first major win with DHR!

On 11/11/2009

Dex and Rumbold win at PFI

Dex and Rumbold win at PFI

At a very large and quality PF race meeting this November the DHR team fielded a strong lineup in all classes. In Snrs Jack Dex in only his 3rd Snr Max race since moving from Jnrs was in outstanding form and was fastest all weekend in the dry. Its fair to say he struggled in the wet heats unable to find the grip on this very technical track. In the dry quite a different story and when the track finally dried for the final although Dex starting grid 11 he had the speed, he knew it would be difficult to make an impression on such a strong field full of super 1 seeeded drivers including british champion Mike Simpson! Dex wasted no time and within 6 laps overtook Simpson to take the lead, but the pressure showed and a couple of small mistakes give Simpson the chance to pass which he did and forced Jack wide falling back to 3rd. Within a lap he recomposed and passed Stewart for 2nd, the following lap drafted Simpson and re took the lead. From here he didnt look back and took his 1st snr max victory. However it was other snr max team driver Ryan Denton who set fastest lap, Ryan gridded 4th for the final came off at the start but stormed back through the field to 6th by the flag setting the fastest lap by over 2ths! Ryan was disappointed with the position but pleased with his speed in only his 2nd meeting since Jan 08! Other Snr driver Alex Magee suffered a 1st corner accident. However Alex determined as ever re started and ended with the 4th fastest lap! So DHR snr drivers were 1st, 2nd and 4th fastest! In 177 Ian Rumbold looked in control all day winning both heats and the final! Ian lead the TVKC club championship and hopes to wrap up the title at the next PF meeting. In Jnr George Williams had to come though the final due to an off in one of his heats, George was coming through well and reached 4th place but then got involved in a battle in which he ended 6th. Again a very pleasing result and a demonstration of his progression this year! In Mini Max new addition Ryan Morgan in only his 2nd race out of cadets was ultra fast in the wet conditions and gridded 2nd for the final out of some 40 drivers! Unfortunateley Ryan was involved in an accident on the 1st corner and this forced him on the grass and thus last. He made some progress back through but was unable to make an impression on the leaders. A great showing by all DHR drivers. Dan commented afterwards, " Its been a stella weekend, especially in snrs where we've ended 1,2,and 4 fastest in the final! I'm really excited for next year and so are the drivers".

On 11/11/2009

DHR team enjoy trophy haul at Whilton Mill

DHR team enjoy trophy haul at Whilton Mill

Whilst Ross Wylie was away winning at Wigan the rest of the team were racing at the Whilton Mill kart circuit. In Jnrs, George Williams made fantastic heats gridding pole for the final ahead of British champion Ed Brand! After initally leading George fell back a little and when a lapped driver hampered his progress he fell to 5th ending his chances of a podium place. A great job none the less considering the high quality field. In Snr Max duo Jack Dex and Alex Magee stamped their authority down in only their 2nd and 1st snr race respectively with Dex leading most of the final until a small mistake meant he was muscled back to 3rd. Magee came through from 10th on the grid to a fine 5th place in his 1st snr race! In 177 Tom Holland gridded up pole and romped away in the early greasy stages but once the track dried he fell back and was overtaken by British number 3 Luke Woodland. In the end Tom was forced to settle for 2nd a very creditable result at the track he least favours!

On 11/11/2009

Wylie Wins at Wigan!!!!!!!

Wylie Wins at Wigan!!!!!!!

Snr team driver Ross Wylie powered to victory at the Three Sisters club meeting, Wigan at their October club meeting. Ross dominated the meeting with a fast pace during a dry friday and wet saturday practice. On sunday it was to be dry again and Ross won the first 2 heats of the day following it up with a 2nd in the final heat setting fastest lap in each! This give him pole position for the final and from there he eased away to a comfortable victory making it 2 on the bounce as he'd won the previous Larkhall meeting a few weeks prior.

On 11/11/2009

S1 Championship Positions

S1 Championship Positions

After a great year a number of our drivers find themselves with seeded numbers for next years campaign. These are there final championship standings for the DHR team.

JNR MAX.
Jack Dex 3rd
Alex Magee 7th
George Williams 25th

SNR MAX
Mike Spencer 3rd
Ross Wylie 15th

177 MAX
Andy Gorton 6th
Tom Holland 7th
Jacques Evans 8th
Tom Pyttlik 14th

On 22/09/2009

DHR/Alonso @ Super 1 Champs Finale

DHR/Alonso @ Super 1 Champs Finale

DHR capped off a fantastic super 1 campaign with some excellent performances across the board. In Jnr Max Alex Magee was on fine form and after qualifying 6th overall in practice he went on to win his opening heat in some style! The 2nd heat didn't go according to plan and he settled for a solid 7th place giving him grid 3 for the 1st final. The pace in Jnrs was so close any one of the top 10 could have filled the podium but Magee finished a solid 5th picking up good championship points. In the 2nd final after a initial good start Alex was pushed wide in the chicane and accross the grass, from this he stormed back up to the lead pack but then was unable to make further progress ending the final 2 in a dissapointing 10th position. Team mate Jack Dex was also showing strong and was pushed off whilst sitting in 3rd in the 1st final and eventually come back to 6th across the line. In the 2nd final he again made his way into 3rd catching the leading pair when he made a rare mistake running off track demoting him down the order. Again he showed character and came back to finish 4th at the flag. A solid weekends performance none the less. Other jnr driver George Williams was probably the highlight of the weekend after a tough 1st year in Super 1 Williams has become a well established driver improving with every race. In final 1 he found himself in the midpack fighting for position throughout and ended 18th. However final 2 he produced the drive of his season, after making a good start he moved his way forward past many experinced drivers making his way through to 9th by the flag! Also recording the 2nd fastest lap time in the final! A great achievement considering at the start of the year George was over 1.2 seconds off the pace and ends it less than a 1th off!!!!!!!!!! In snrs Mike Spencer had a bad start in final 1 after being taken off and had to come back through from last making his way up to 15th by the flag. In final 2 Spencer stormed through and ran as high as 3rd before he was caught up on the outside of hairpin 2 causing him to lose ground and places. He managed to make 7th by the flag but was disappointed not to be fighting for the win following his domination at the previous round. Snr driver Ross Wylie made an excellent start in Final 1 and managed his seasons best finish with a 5th place! Final 2 wasn't quite as good as he fell back a little to 10th but still positive about his weekends performance. In 177 Andy Gorton faired the best of the DHR team drivers with a 4th in final 1 and 9th in final 2. Tom Holland qualified 3rd in practice but failed to find his pace in racing and didnt finish final 1 but came back thorugh to 10th in final 2. Tom Pyttlik qualified with a seasons best 8th overall and backed this up with a 14th and 11th in the finals and Jacques Evans couldnt discover his form from the Kartmasters here 2 months ago and ended 12th in both finals. Overall another great weekend for DHR with solid drives throughout.

On 22/09/2009

Wylie gets Podium place at EuroMax Salbris!!!!!

Wylie gets Podium place at EuroMax Salbris!!!!!

Most recent DHR team signing Ross Wylie had a special weekend at the final round of the Euromax challenge held at Salbris in France. Amongst a quality packed field full of Europe's best Rotax racers Wylie impressed all weekend. Testing went well and the team knew a good qualifying position was possible and Ross didnt dissapoint qualfying 2nd in the group and 4th overall! This gave Ross front row grid starts for the 3 heats, unfortunately these didnt go to plan and a crash in the final heat meant Ross started grid 22 in the pre final. Thankfully he'd avoided the repecharge Ross then produced a stunning drive through the field to gain 6th by the flag setting 3rd fastest time despite still using old tyres! Having saved the 2nd new set of tyres for the main final the team were now confident of a good finish provided he avoided the first lap crash which indeed he did. After a steady start Ross moved up one by one into 3rd position where he set about chasing down the leading duo. Time and laps weren't on his side and although the gap reduced dramatically Ross had to settle for 3rd, a great result considering it was only his 4th race with the team! Ross said afterwards "Its been a fantastic weekend, I'm so happy to get 3rd place! I'd been fast all weekend and I'd like to thank Dan of DHR, Toby my mechanic and mum and dad!" Ross now looks forward to the final round of the British Super 1 at PF this weekend coming.

On 15/09/2009

Alonso Win at PFI!!!!!!!

Alonso Win at PFI!!!!!!!

The DHR Alonso team were out in force at the PF club meeting and featured at the front of all classes! In 177 team drivers Ian Rumbold and Tom Holland dominated proceedings finishing 1st and 2nd in the main final! In jnr Max Jack Dex finished 2nd behind fellow Alonso driver Ollie Varney. Other Jnr team driver George Williams finished a fine 8th in a quality packed field! In Snr Rotax team drivers Ross Wylie led most of the final but ended 2nd with Ryan Denton climbing up to 4th by the flag despite a bad start. A great weekends racing for Alonso with a top 2 in every class!

On 15/09/2009

DHR Double win at Shenny Super 1

DHR Double win at Shenny Super 1

DHR enjoyed yet another winning weekend this time at the 5th round of the Super 1 British championships held at Shenington. In Jnr max all 3 DHR team drivers were fast through the unofficial testing and qualified well. In the first final team drivers Dex and Magee broke away in the lead 4 and all diced for positions. The first final result being Dex grabbing 2nd with Magee an excellent 4th! The main final produced the race of the season as an 8 kart train pulled away from the field! Dex who never fell below 3rd made his move with 4 laps to go and hung on to take anonther super 1 victory pushing him ever closer to the championship leaders. Magee was unlucky not to finish higher than 8th but had excellent speed and looks forward to the final round where a good finish would give him a high championship finish also. Other Jnr team driver George Williams featured well and ended 17th overall. In Snr Max Mike Spencer dominated the meeting qualifying in pole position in timed practice then follwoing this up with 2 heat wins. Spencer then dominated the first and second final winning both by a healthy margin. This elevated Mike upto 3rd in the championship with an outside chance of bettering this if results go his way at PF. Newly signed driver Ross Wylie featured well in practice but had a mixed race day with some positive speed to take away but not the result to show for it. In 177 the drivers had mixed results all running at the front end of the finals with Tom Holland the highest finisher in 6th place. Team manager Dan concluded after "Its been another stunning weekend for the DHR Alonso race team with wins in both Jnr and Snr max we are firmly establishing ourselves as a top Rotax team!"

On 15/09/2009

Ross Wylie signs for DHR!!!!

Ross Wylie signs for DHR!!!!

Ross Wylie former Stars winner 2008 and 3rd in Jnr Max Super 1 2008 has made the move to DHR and Alonso karts. After a successful test the team are pleased to confirm Ross to its already strong driver lineup. Ross will be competing at Super 1 and Euromax with DHR so be sure to watch this space with results to come.

On 26/08/2009

Kartmasters Success

Kartmasters Success

DHR team 177 driver Tom Holland took victory at the GP Kartmasters only to receive a 1 place penalty for an over ambitious move on the last lap. Although dissapointed Tom and the team were thrilled with the speed and result and look forward to the next Super 1 round at Shenington. Team drivers Jacques Evans and Will Smith backed up Tom with a 3rd and 6th respectively. Tom also set a new official track lap record so even more reason to be positive after his performance. Fantastic results for both drivers! In Jnr Max Jack Dex powered from grid 28 to 8th in final 1 but a early crash in final 2 ended his hopes of a GP plate. Alex Magee faired well but a crash at the start of Final 2 meant his chances were over.

On 26/08/2009

Magee shows pace at Euromax debut!

Magee shows pace at Euromax debut!

Alex Magee made his EuroMax debut at the Czech Republic track Sosnova for rd 3 of the Euro Challenge. Alex soon got to grips with the fast flowing circuit and qualified an excellent 8th out of 67 just 1th off pole and 4 hundreths off 2nd showing how close the top 10 were! Magee's impressive speed continued into the heats and despite an incident packed saturday he set 2nd and 3rd fastest times in 2 of his heats! Unfortunately a crash at the start of the prefinal left Alex 34th with work to do he drove through to take 21st by the flag. From here the final was going to be tough with so many drivers starting ahead with new tyres. This time Magee avoided the 1st corner crash, he settled in to a rythym and made his way upto 13th by the flag. A great effort considering the earlier pre final setback. On reflection team manager dan commented " Alex has been really impressive this weekend. Setting a blistering pace in qualifying and the dry heats. He has the speed and talent to win but just lacks race experience at this level, which will come very soon with performances like this. I'm very excited for his future Euro events."

On 04/08/2009

Dex and Alonso Dominates at Shenington!!

Dex and Alonso Dominates at Shenington!!

Jnr Max drivers Jack Dex and George Williams decended on Shenington for their monthly club meeting ahead of the Super 1 Rotax event to be held in late August. Williams set a fast pace during the dry testing on Saturday along with Dex and both were in great shape for Sundays racing. However a mixed day of weather left heats and finals with tricky setup decisions. Dex thrived on the conditions and won the final by nearly 10 seconds! A great result considering the quality of drivers racing! Williams had a strong final and a great battle throuthout ending a creditable 8th. Both drivers now look forward to the Kartmasters Grand prix in 2 weeks time.

On 04/08/2009

DHR Alonso Wins at Super 1 Larkhall

DHR Alonso Wins at Super 1 Larkhall

A meeting to remember for the DHR Alonso race team! In Jnr Max Jack Dex had been fast all weekend and qualified 4th in timed practice just 1th off pole. He made full use of his excellent qualifying with a 3rd and 4th in the heats giving him a grid 3 start for the Final 1. The team made a few positive changes to the kart and set up for the final to give Dex the best possible chance. He made the most of his inside grid and powered into 2nd off the start and set about pressing leader Ed Brand. Dex pushed hard and forced Brand into a mistake. Dex took the race lead and never looked back! He soon opened a gap which later Ash Hand closed in but Dex held his nerve and drove a faultless race to take his maiden Super 1 victory. Pressure now on in final 2 to repeat his stunning performance. After a great start in final 2 Dex found himself being closed down by Henry Hunter, Dex conceeded the lead but pressed hard following Hunter. After a couple of laps Dex re composed and took the lead. This was the decisive move and he opened up a gap over the pack. He continued with fast consistent laps and to his and DHR's delight powered to victory again! A double win in Jnr Max in arguably the most competive class in the UK was a fanatstic effort by Dex and all! Other Jnr Driver Alex Magee faired well also qualfying 11th overall. He was unable to avoid a crash in the 2nd heat and this lead to a grid 20 start for Final 1. He made good time and made his way through the pack to finish 10th in final 1. A great effort considering how closely matched the drivers were. In final 2 Magee had to take evasive action at the start to miss the spinning karts at turn 1. This meant even more work to be done and he didnt disappoint. He again drove through the field to take 8th by the flag lapping faster than Dex the race winner, a great drive which didnt go un-noticed by the team. Jnr driver George Williams was unable to test friday due to school commitments this left him on the back foot but he soon got to work. After a DNS in heat 1 and a crash in heat 2 he found himself in the repecharge. George raced well and claimed the vital 4th place in this to secure his grid in the main finals. In final 1 he made a sterling drive depsite a bad start to come up to 18th passing many experienced and fast drivers along the way. In final 2 Williams suffered engine overheating problems and had to pit to avoid engine damage. He later returned to the track a few laps down to complete the race and claim vital points for the championship. A great effort considering the lack of track time he had.
In 177 Max Tom Holland dominated the weekend setting a stunning pace through Friday and saturday testing. He went onto claim pole position in timed qualifying converting this into a heat win and 4th enough to claim pole for Final 1. Tom struggled to find his pace he showed via the practice sessions putting it down to a poor set of race tyres but he still was confident of being fast enough to take podiums in both finals. Tom made a great start in Final 1 but was unable to hang on to the race lead early on. He dropped to 3rd position and settled into a race rhythm re grouping and began his assault on the leaders. He passed Griffiths for 2nd and set about catching race leader Cockhill. Despite a large gap Tom closed him down and waited patiently for the moment to strike. Coming onto the last lap Cockhill ran wide and Tom pounced at the following corner taking the lead which he defended to the end. Taking his first super 1 victory in front of a quality packed field. A fantastic drive! The team again decided changes to the kart were required in order to give Tom more pace. This seemed to work as Tom powered away at the start of Final 2 and opended up a 2 second lead wihtin 11 laps. However a red flag came out as other DHR team driver Jacques Evans crashed and was injured. Thankfully Jacques was ok but was taken to hospital for checks and xrays, at the single file restart Tom held his nerve and defended his line for a couple of laps, until he broke the pack and began to pull away. Pressure then came from Lucas Orrock but he couldn't do anything to close in enough to strike and therefore Tom took his second victory of the day making it 2 double wins for DHR!!!! Other 177 driver Andy Gorton struggled with race pace despite being ultra fast on Friday, but he still salvaged two 7ths from the finals giving him solid championship points. Tom Pyttlik raced to 12th in final 1 and was looking good for final 2 until a big first lap accident ended his race before it really started thankfully he was ok and watched from the sidelines supporting the other team drivers. In Snr max Mike Spencer found his race pace Sunday morning and in Final 1 made his way up to 3rd position by lap 5, however a late move from Danny Graham forced Spencer off track and to the back of the field. He still recovered to take 13th by the flag but pondered what might of been. Graham later received a 10 second penalty for the incident. In final 2 Spencer wasted no time getting up to 5th position before a rare mistake cost him. He dropped a wheel off track and the recent rain shower made the grass extra slippy casuing him to spin. This dropped him down the order and out of contention for major points. A dissapointing end but be sure Spencer will bounce back and will be in contention at the next Super 1 round at Shenington! Also DHR would like to congratulate Wavertree associated Alonso drivers Jack Barlow for taking a victory and 4th in the Minimax finals and Lee Napolitano for taking 2nd in the Jnr Max final 2 making it Alonso 1-2!!!! DHR team manager Dan said "Its been a fantastic weekend with the double wins in jnrs and 177! Here at DHR we are all over the moon with all our drivers performances and it shows how competitive the DHR and FA Alonso kart package is!"

On 13/07/2009

Fastest Laps and Trophys for DHR Alonso drivers at PFI

Fastest Laps and Trophys for DHR Alonso drivers at PFI

The DHR race team were out in force at PFI. In 177 Tom Holland was setting the pace despite steady heat results he set fastest lap in a heat and in the final and finished a fine 3rd in a quality field. Team driver Ian Rumbold led most of the 177 final but couldnt hang on in the closing stages and settled for 2nd. Tom Pyttlik managed 6th a great result considering he was unable to test the day before and he now looks forward to Larkhall Super 1 in a weeks time. New team driver Will Smith made the switch from the Easykart class to 177 and showed pace all weekend. Will made a great start to the final getting into 4th but a broken bumper meant an early end to his race early, a podium for sure was on the cards and he hopes to make up for this disspaointment at Kartmasters! In Jnr Max some 50 drivers entered so it was going to be tough! George Williams had a weekend to forget with a number of crashes and mechanical problems and was unable to start the final. To top it off their van broke down on the way home! Other jnr max driver Alex Magee once more showed real speed setting fastest laps in heats. But a crash led to a grid 20 start for the A final, after a steady start Alex powered through to 8th setting 2nd fastest time but lapped consistently quicker than the race leaders! Alonso drivers set 1st, 2nd and 6th fastest times in the final and finished 3rd, 5th and 8th! Once more Wavertree Motorsport driver Napolitano was on the Alonso and impressed with a fine 3rd position amongst a quality field full of super 1 contenders! He now has made the Alonso kart a permenant move! Team manager Dan says "It was a tough weekend with so many entrants but we've had some great performances and all our drivers have been very fast! With this speed more good results will follow"

On 06/07/2009

Alonso Dominate FKS Rowrah!

Alonso Dominate FKS Rowrah!

DHR and Alonso were at the front of the grids at the FKS round at Rowrah this weekend. Jnr Max Team driver Alex Magee was super fast all weekend and qualified 3rd overall in times practice. Final 1 went well and Magee got a great start and him and Matt Parry race away from the field by over 10 seconds! Magee pressed hard but couldn't force the mistake from Parry and settled for 2nd bringing home solid points for the championship. Alonso drivers finished 2nd 3rd and 4th in the first final! Final 2 was all change as a big downpour of rain meant a wet race. Magee was unlucky and came off twice on the first lap and found himself last with distance between him and the pack. He re focussed and made solid progress back through the field and crossed the line 12th, a creditable drive considering the start and conditions. Alonso mounted drivers finished 3rd (varney) and 4th Naploitano who also set fastest lap proving the kart was as good in the wet as in the dry! Napolitano had made the switch to the kart which brought him his 2 best results of the year with two fourth place finishes. In minimax other Wavertree motorsport driver Jack Barlow made the switch to Alonso karts and had instant sucess with a 2nd in final 1 and then went onto win the 2nd final! Alonso drivers finishing 1st and 2nd in final 1 also! A great weekend for the Alonso karts and team manager Dan of DHR said "Magee was fantastic all weekend and the 2nd final is a dissapointment as we felt he had a chance of winning" "i'm also thrilled for wavertree motorsport who made the switch to Alonso karts with Napolitano and Barlow and both had great success instantly!"

On 06/07/2009

Solid Team Performance at Buckmore S1

Solid Team Performance at Buckmore S1

Round 3 of The British Super 1 Championships was held at the Kent circuit of Buckmore Park. After several good tests prior to the event the DHR team felt confident of some good results. In Snr Max Mike Spencer championship leader was unable to out his local knowledge into effect and salvaged a creditable 7th and 16th in the finals despite having several incidents and technical troubles and hung onto 2nd in the championship stnadings. In Jnr Max Alex Magee was top DHR performer with 7th in both final 1 and 2 despite being 2nd fastest in both Alex was unable to make further progress than 7th but these soild polints scores move him to 10th in the standings after a poor start at the opening round. George Williams made huge progress eyt again and his recent good form contiuned once more as he set times within 2 ths of the fastest all weekend. Incidents in both finals caused 2 DNF's but the speed was there for all to see. Jack Dex couldnt find the race setup he was after believed to be due to a bad set of race tyres. the team could not change these so battled on and more bad luck came when Jack was black flagged for appently overtaking under the pace car flag which later the clerks acknoledged a mistake had been made. Too late for Jack and he started from the rear of the grid in the 2nd final but stormed thorugh to 11th until the tyres dropped off and he fell back to 15th. Jack now lies 9th in the championship and hopes to bounce back at the next round.
In 177 Max Tom Holland endured a horror accident as can be seen in the gallery pictures, despite this Tom got up and still finished 5th and 10th in the finals and hopes to return to the podium at Larkhall rd 4. Jacques Evans raced well and made a season best 5th in final 2 and moves into 8th in the standings. Andy Gorton had heats to forget and started from the back of final 1 but stormed thorugh to 6th setting 2nd fastest lap only to be excluded as his rear hubs had moved during the race over the legal limit. Andy had all the work to do againand in final 2 made his way back upto 8th despite a bad start setting 3rd fastest lap! Andy can only reflect on what might have been. New DHR team driver Tom Pyttlik soon settled into his new surroundings and put on a fine display in both finals finishing 12th and 11th. Lapping much closer to the pace than in previous meetings Tom was delighted with his weekends performance and hopes to continue his progress up the grid and aims for top 10 positions as the next round.

On 16/06/2009

Brazilian Cup Alonso Kart Lockout!

Brazilian Cup Alonso Kart Lockout!

The Brazilian Cup held at Whilton Mill saw Alonso mounted drivers take the top 3 postions in jnr max along with 6th and 8th! DHR team drivers Alex Magee and Jack Dex finished 2nd and 3rd respectively after an epic race long battle with other Alonso driver Ollie Varney. All 3 drivers led at different stages and it was Varney who took the race win with Magee setting fastest lap and Dex 2nd fastest! DHR team driver George Williams impressed again and continued his recent run of form with solid results in the heats giving grid 4 for the final. A crash at the start meant George had work to do but he stormed back through the 20 strong field setting 4th fastest time on the way and ended 6th postion almost pipping 4th,5th across the line in a photo finish! The 3 drivers now look forward to the 3rd round of Super 1 at Buckmore Park on 13/14 June.

On 02/06/2009

Magee impresses at FKS on DHR debut!

Magee impresses at FKS on DHR debut!

New team driver Jnr Max racer Alex Magee was on fine form at the FKS round at Glan-Y-Gors this weekend. Having never seen the track before we expected it to be tough and after a few early technical problems with the engine it hadnt been the best of starts to the weekend. However things changed dramitcally and by mid way through Friday Alex was fastest. He carried this pace on in to a wet timed prcatice but due to traffic and weather conditions the ultimate lap wasnt produced and Alex found himself in 3rd position in group and 5th overall. In the Pre-final Alex got straight to work and by lap 4 was into 2nd and closing in on race long leader Andy King. Despite pressure Alex couldnt make the move to take victory so settled for 2nd. However disaster struck as Alex came in underweight. A miss calculation in the changable weather conditions left Alex 1 kilo under the limit. After initial dissapointment Alex picked himself up and set about the main final starting from 24th he worked his way through the field and during the middle part of the race lapped over 7ths quicker than the leading pack! Alex managed 6th by the flag and at one point had been over 8 seconds behind the leaders but ended just over 4! A great drive which he was awarded drive of the day for. Team manager Dan would like to thank Alex's mechanic and mentor for the weekend Shaun Carter (KF2 driver) and Alex and the team looks forward to the next outing at the Brazilian Cup Whilton Mill in 2 weeks time.

On 19/05/2009

Positive Buckmore Test

Positive Buckmore Test

The DHR team visited Buckmore Park for a 3 day test weekend just gone in preperation for the upcoming Super 1 rd there in 4 weeks time. Most team drivers tested at some point over the weekend with 3 staying on for the Sunday racing. Friday and Saturday provided excellent results with several drivers lapping consistently fast in varying conditions and setting the pace for others to follow. Sunday wasn't as good as although all drivers showed fast pace at different stages the end result wasnt as expected. The team take away the positives with a fantastic test for all and now hope the drivers can turn this fast pace into some good positions at the Super 1 rd next month.

On 19/05/2009

Tom Pyttlik signs for DHR

Tom Pyttlik signs for DHR

Former DR Kart 177 driver Tom Pyttlik has made the move to join the DHR Alonso team! Tom had a successful test on the FA Alonso kart at Kimbolton this weekend gone, lapping faster than ever before and he was instantly impressed with how easy the kart was to drive. After a couple of tough opening Super 1 rounds Tom is looking forward to moving up the grid with the DHR team. Team manager Dan was impressed with the test and comments "I was pleased at the pace Tom showed and look forward to more testing prior to the next round of Super 1. He found the kart quick and easy to drive and soon settled in producing some fast laps!"
The DHR team look forward to working with Tom for the rest of 2009 and will keep you updated with results as and when they come.

On 12/05/2009

Alex Magee signs for DHR!!!

Alex Magee signs for DHR!!!

Team Manager Dan Holland is pleased to announce the signing of Alex Magee as an official DHR team driver. Alex has been assisted throughout the start of 2009 by the DHR Alonso team and has now made the partnership official.
Alex's race schedule see's him race both Super 1 and the FKS championships amongst others. Alex's first meeting under the DHR flag will be at the FKS round at Glan Y Gors 16/17 May.
Dan quotes "Myself and assistant manager Leon are thrilled to have confirmed Alex as a DHR driver for the remainder of 2009. Alex has shown great potential and speed this year and we hope we can turn this into consistent top finishing results starting now."

On 11/05/2009

Williams shines at Kimbolton

Williams shines at Kimbolton

DHR Jnr Max team driver George Williams put in a seasons best performance at the May Kimbolton Club meeting. In only his first year of jnr Max it would be fair to say the season so far has been character building for the 13 year old driver from Shropshire.
But this weekends performance shows the potential that team manager Dan saw at the very first test they did.
Throughout saturday practice George impressed producing some tasty lap times. Dan worked closely with George with the emphasis on 2 key ares being consistent laps and race craft.
On Sunday George didn't disappoint and the 1st heat saw George take 4th postion after a race long battle with Aaron Head and Luke Haynes. In the 2nd heat George made places from his middle grid and produced fast laps finishing in a fine 10th. The pressure now was on as a good top ten finish in the 3rd heat would secure a high grid postion for the main final. Starting 18th there was work to be done but a fantastic start up to 7th round the first corner looked to have done it but through the fast esses George suffered contact and was forced off track into a spin. However down to his pace and determination he battled back up to 15th again lapping very quickly.

Grid 8 for the final was excellent but George knew he had the speed to run near the front and after maintaining postion through the first lap he set about catching the front pack. With fast lap after fast lap he caught and passed drivers and found himself in 5th postion closing in on the leading 4 as they battled for podium positions.
George ran out of laps but ended right on the tail of 4th place. George lapped under the old lap record which was proof the result was no fluke! This was a fantastic result and seasons best performance and gives George and the team renewed confidence for the upcoming Super 1 rounds.

Meanwhile 177 Driver Tom Holland enjoyed sucesss in heat 1 and 2 but a crash in the 3rd heat left him with a damaged kart. Repairs during the break proved unsuccessful and Tom struggled through the final nursing his Alonso home in 6th place. Tom remains postive and looks forward to Buckmore Park club meeting in a few weeks time.

On 11/05/2009

Rowrah Super 1, Podiums Galore!!!! and Championship Lead!!!

Rowrah Super 1, Podiums Galore!!!! and Championship Lead!!!

This weekends Super 1 meeting at Rowrah brought more podium success in all classes for the DHR team. In Snr Max Mike Spencer started the meeting off in great style qualifying in pole postion in the timed practice session. He followed this with a win and 2nd in the heats, unfortunately Mike lacked the winning pace in the finals he still brought it home in 3rd postion in both finals and now leads the Super 1 championship.

In Jnr Max Jack Dex and Alex Magee were on pace all weekend and finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the 1st final. Unfortunately both were wiped out in a first corner crash at the start of the second, Alex recovered to 16th and Jack managed 7th but was later penalised 5 places for another incident. Jack now sits 6th in the championship despite this setback!
George Williams had an improved round 2 with an excellent performance in heat 2 on Sunday. George still found himself in the mix of the repecharge after a DNF in his 1st heat. After a good start George was making progress on the front group when an unavoidale accident ahead put the stop to his charge. Damage to the kart meant George had to limp round picking up championship points and taking away more experience.

In 177 Max Andy Gorton impressed all weekend and in qualifying managed 2nd closely followed by team member Tom in 5th. Again good results came in the finals with Tom finishing 3rd and Andy 4th in the first, however disatser struck for Tom in the 2nd with an exclusion whilst Andy managed a credtiable 5th place and now sits 4th in the championship standings.
177 team driver Jacques Evans faired well over the weekend with mixed but positive results and took 10th and 8th in the finals leaving Jacques 8th in the championship standings. He looks forward to the next round at Buckmore Park in June.

On 28/04/2009

DHR win again this time at Buckmore!!!!!!!

DHR win again this time at Buckmore!!!!!!!

DHR team owner/manager Dan Holland decided to have a play out in a kart again this weekend at the Buckmore Park circuit. After retiring from racing at the end of last year Dan has concentrated on developing the team in to a major force to be reconed wiht this year and results are coming in thick and fast. Dan come close to breaking his own lap record around the kent circuit on his way to the victory. Meanwhile ever consistent Buckmore man Reg Covus again racked another podium finish in 3rd following home Dan and Lucas Orrock. Reg now leads the Buckmore club champs. Alex Magee was under the DHR awning at Buckmore also and impressed on his debut visit to the track. Finishing the final in a fine 3rd place after being in a race long battle with 3 other drivers. The team now looks forward to the 2nd round of super 1 at Rowrah

On 28/04/2009

Victory again for DHR at Rowrah!

Victory again for DHR at Rowrah!

The DHR race team moved to the Riwrah circuit in Cumrbia for the April club meeting as a pre Super 1 test coming up in just 2 weeks time.
In Rotax 177 depsite a small but quality field Tom Holland was on fine form and took the overall victory recording a new lap record on the way. Team Driver Reggie Covus set the 2nd fastest time in the final but following a bad start could not climb any higher than 5th place. In Jnr Max Jack Dex grided 3rd for the final but this was short lived when taken out at the first chicane and was sent down the hill to return 1/2 a lap behind the field! Meanwhile George Williams stormed thorught the field at the start and maintained a good pace finishing in a fine 10th position and setting his personal best time of the weekend on his final lap! The team now look forward to rd2 of the Super 1 at Rowrah 25/26 April

On 15/04/2009

DHR Super 1 Success!

DHR Super 1 Success!

DHR enjoyed a mixed meeting at the first round of the British Super 1 Rotax championships. With 8 drivers racing under the DHR flag the team were confident of some high positions. Mike Spencer in Snr Max was the most impressive having to start from the repecharge and still managing a 6th and 2nd in the main finals leaving him in equal 4th position just 6 points of the lead of the championship. Jack Dex didnt have the posium places he was after but still come away with solid points scores with a 6th in the main final.
177 Driver Andy Gorton faired well in the heats and grided 3rd for the 1st final. A bad start left him with work to do and he receovered well to take a 7th and 6th place finish. All team drivers were on pace and enjoyed a well run Super 1 meeting and look forward to Rd2 at Rowrah in a few weeks.

On 15/04/2009

Battling performances at Whilton

DHR had 5 177 Alonso mounted drivers out and all faired well during practice. Top finisher of the final was Jaques Evans in his first meeting with DHR and for 8 months. Jaques ended the final in 4th and hopes to build on this for Super 1. Other drivers including Ian Rumbold, Tom Holland, Andy Gorton and Reggie Covus all were involved in accidents throughout the day and didn't fair so well in the final results but all were on pace and looking forward to the super 1 meeting coming up.
Jnr Max driver George Williams had a testing day, the jnr max was affected with many first corner crashes and George was caught up in these a number of times. Having found himself in the B final and again avoiding a first corner crash he worked his way forward passing many drivers just running out of laps to effect the front runners. Better luck is hoped for the Super 1!

On 13/04/2009

DHR Team Line up

DHR are pleased to confirm the following drivers for the 2009 Super 1 Series
In jnr max Jack Dex and George Williams, Snr Max Mike Spencer and Evaldas Svolkinas and 177 Max Jaques Evans, Reggie Covus and Andy Gorton. Tom Holland is an associated driver but will race outside the DHR team awning but still under the close attention of the team. Ian Rumbold is also confirmed as a team driver racing the 177 max TVKC club championship at the PFI circuit.

On 13/04/2009

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